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Under-Fire Fred Credits His Moustache for Goal vs. Cameroon

Brazil's Fred celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Cameroon and Brazil at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
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Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterJune 24, 2014

Everyone loves a good moustache story, especially Neymar and to a greater extent, Fred. 

Fred, Brazilian's main option to spearhead their attack up top, had come under fire after largely failing to impress in Brazil's first two matches. So much so that team-mate Dani Alves had to angrily take to the media to defend his compatriot. 

Fred entered Brazil's final Group A match against Cameroon with a new, moustached look on his face and lo and behold, found the back of the net. 

Brazil’s Fred has undergone a dramatic facial hair change. #BRA #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/4BsjDGaIjk

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) June 23, 2014

Here's the goal by Fred, which put Brazil up 3-1 on Cameroon in the 50th minute. #BRA #CMR http://t.co/im51XTjlG8

— Austin Hunt (@iAustinHunt) June 23, 2014

In the aftermath, he credited the lone mane of hair atop his upper lip for changing his luck. Per The Associated Press (via SI.com): "As incredible as it seems, the ball came in hard and it ended up hitting my moustache. It was a moustache goal."

His facial look was at the urging of Neymar. Considering Neymar's had the golden touch this World Cup, Fred was best served listening: "I said, 'Come on, Fred, if you leave the moustache you are going to score, the moustache never fails. After he scored I went to him and I said, 'See, I told you that it never fails.''"

In moustache, Brazil trusts. 

 

[AP, h/t Dirty Tackle]

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