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Neymar surprises young fan during Brazil-South Africa friendly

Neymar surprises young fan during Brazil-South Africa friendly

Posted by Juan Gavasa on March 06, 2014

Watching Brazil play soccer can inspire many different things. The fashion in which the squad from this year's host nation of the FIFA World Cup perform on the pitch gives special meaning to the term "beautiful game." And for one young fan who was in attendance of the South Africa-Brazil friendly in Johannesburg Wednesday, watching his heroes became an up-close-and-personal experience.

A little tyke somehow made his way on to the field and was initially led away by security. But that's when Neymarinterceded on the interloper's behalf. The 22-year-old Barcelona star saved the diminutive cutie from being shepherded away and introduced him to the rest of the Brazilian national team. The players then treated the kid like a hero and Neymar took a photo with him before the match crasher eventually left. And perhaps the goodwill move was good luck for Neymar: he scored a hat trick in a 5-0 result.

Neymar illuminated Brazil's 5-0 win over South Africa in Johannesburg with a hat-trick in the stadium that hosted the 2010 World Cup final. Oscar had given Brazil an early lead which Neymar doubled before the interval. He struck again immediately after the break and added his third in the last minute after Fernandinho had scored from distance.

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