Brazil's Neymar reacts after missing a chance to score during a group A match of the men's Olympic football tournament between Brazil and South Africa at the National stadium, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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Brazil and superstar Neymar were booed off as their quest for a maiden Olympic football gold medal began with a 0-0 draw against 10-man South Africa Thursday.Barcelona ace Neymar is by far the biggest name in the competition and has been tasked with restoring pride to Brazilian football after a catastrophic 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany on home soil at the 2014 World Cup.In contrast to the swaths of empty stands across the six cities being used to host the men's and women's football tournaments on the opening two days, the hosts commanded a near-capacity 70,000 crowd.However, the Brazilian side boasting Neymar, Manchester City's new £27 million ($35.4 million) signing Gabriel Jesus and Marquinhos of Paris Saint-Germain did not provide the expected victory procession.The delay didn't seem to affect the 1996 gold medalists as four goals from Oghenekaro Etebo edged a memorable nine-goal thriller.
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