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From now on, the standard of Brazil's opponent should theoretically rise with each game and, as a possible sixth world title approaches, so will the pressure each player is feeling.
Not only that, as hosts of the competition, they will feel supporters' expectation of success rising with each passing day. Come semifinal time, the atmosphere in the stadia will be as intense as any of them will have experienced.
Of course, to make matters worse, that is when they could face the likes of France—with whom they have recent footballing history. A final, meanwhile, could bring a similar clash with the Netherlands.
And then, of course, there is the spectre of a final against Argentina—the eternal rival.
It is a clash that would have neutrals the world over salivating: Brazil vs. Argentina at the Maracana with a title at stake.
For each player in a Brazil shirt, defeat would simply not be an option. Dealing with that pressure, though, takes great mental fortitude.
Neymar has shown he should be up to the task, but there are 10 players around him who have yet to stick up their hand and be counted this summer.