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Neymar: Brazil behind Germany, Spain

By Football News

Brazil star Neymar said the national team have slipped down the pecking order following their humiliating elimination at the FIFA World Cup.

The five-time world champions topped Group A but came crashing down to earth against eventual winners Germany, capitulating to a 7-1 defeat in the semi-finals.

Brazil's woes were compounded in the third-place play-off, easily beaten 3-0 by the Netherlands as the host nation's campaign ended in disappointing fashion.

Former coach Mano Menezes - now in charge of Corinthians - recently said European nations had surpassed Brazil with their superior technical ability.

And forward Neymar, who missed the final two games due to a fractured vertebra, echoed his comments in an interview with Brazilian network Globo.

"I think Brazilian football is behind. It's behind Germany and Spain," the 22-year-old said.

"We've slipped behind and we have to be man enough to admit it."

Brazil's failure came at a cost, with coach Luiz Felipe Scolari relieved of his duties but Neymar refused to blame the 65-year-old.

"I had a leader (who was) one of the best Brazilians coaches I've had," he added.

"There was no particular mistake made by the Selecao. I am not someone who understands a huge amount about tactics."