Fans flock to watch Neymar and Brazil superstars take centre stage against Cameroon in Milton Keynes

Fans flock to watch Neymar – who lasted just six minutes – and Brazil superstars take centre stage against Cameroon in Milton Keynes

  • Brazil and Cameroon took centre stage in unlikely surroundings of Stadium MK   
  • Neymar was the man everyone in the crowd wanted to see for the Selecao 
  • But he lasted only six minutes and came off with what looked like a thigh strain
  • Tite named strong team with plenty of household names for Cameroon clash 

Will Griffee For Mailonline

The Samba Kings, iconic yellow shirts (blue on this occasion) and the footballing royalty that is Brazil in… Milton Keynes. 

If it was a dream, you’d laugh it off as soon as you woke up but for those at Stadium MK, it seemed a bizarre yet strangely uplifting reality.

Cameroon boss and legendary midfielder Clarence Seedorf in one dug-out, Tite and his bench of superstars on the other and the world’s most expensive player, wrapped up in a full-tracksuit and gloves dancing around the pitch for the warm-up, where to look?

This young supporter in a Manchester United hat wanted to take home Neymar's shirt

This young supporter in a Manchester United hat wanted to take home Neymar’s shirt

But the striker was forced off injured just six minutes into the friendly contest

But the striker was forced off injured just six minutes into the friendly contest

The answer for most was in Neymar’s direction. Sportsmail’s Amitai Winehouse at Stadium MK noted: ‘The biggest cheer when the teams are read out went to, unsurprisingly, Neymar.

‘Every child in the wider Milton Keynes area was gathered pitchside hoping beyond hope for a photo.’

Neymar had never been to this, the city of 130 roundabouts before, but headed full circle down the tunnel after being forced off injured just six minutes in.

The League Two ground hummed in excitement as the forward trotted out for his warm-up but they were bitterly disappointed after the £198million man shook his head and trudged off with a thigh strain as he was replaced by Richarlison.

This fan came with a cardboard sign for Alisson and wanted to come away with his gloves

This fan came with a cardboard sign for Alisson and wanted to come away with his gloves

The crowd were rewarded for their patience by Richarlison's emphatic opening goal

The crowd were rewarded for their patience by Richarlison’s emphatic opening goal

For those in attendance however, this exhibition was a chance to see some of the world’s best in action and there was still plenty of talent on show.

Many of children in the crowd came armed with signs, asking for some precious merchandise.

One was after Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson’s gloves, although the stopper was on the bench with Ederson starting. 

If those holding Brazil flags were subdued when Neymar went off, they renewed their fervour when his replacement Richarlison ended the first half by scoring a thumping header.  


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