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Brazil forward Neymar Jr. expressed visible disappointment when Vinicius Junior was substituted during their 0-0 draw with Costa Rica in the 2024 Copa America opener on Monday night. Despite being one of the tournament favorites, Brazil failed to score despite dominating the game with 19 attempts on goal.

Manager Dorival Junior attempted to change the game in the final 20 minutes by replacing Vinicius with the promising young talent Endrick. Neymar, Brazil’s all-time leading scorer, appeared perplexed and raised his arms in disbelief at this decision.

The 32-year-old Neymar, who had suffered an unfortunate ACL injury during World Cup qualifying in October 2023, preventing him from participating in another Copa America campaign, passionately followed every moment of the match alongside his international teammates.