Goncalo Guedes scored his maiden international goal as Euro 2016 winners Portugal beat Saudi Arabia 3-0 in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Neymar strode up, paused and waited for goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima to dive to his right before nonchalantly stroking his shot into the opposite corner. It is part and parcel of being a marked man, an unwanted by-product of his lavish gifts.
At that point the nerves were jangling. "In training he was normal".
Joachim Low's Germany came closest to scoring when winger Leroy Sane rattled the crossbar midway through the first half.
"The most important thing is not achieved, but deserved".
"That Inter team and Mourinho will be in the hearts of Inter supporters forever".
Tite has reshaped the squad and he has promoted trust and collective responsibility, most overtly with his policy of rotating the captaincy from game to game.
After Tite defended Neymar, Neymar cried, hugged Tite, and left the conference.
The majority of those present wondered what he was doing. Sometimes, he was; sometimes, he wasn't but it felt as though he was yet another assistant referee. It was a mystery how he or she had been alerted as there had not been a noticeable protest after a Brazil corner had been cleared. Replays showed that Southampton defender Maya Yoshida had pulled Fernandinho's shirt.
It happened again on Friday, when Brazil were coasting to a comfortable win against Japan. No matter for Brazil.
Never a dull day with the Selecao - unless Dunga's in charge, of course. I did that in my career. He then gets caught up in the emotion, overreacts and picks up cards.
Brazil won 10 and drew two of their 12 qualifiers under Tite. "I want this story of me having problems to end".
Neymar's performance was a mixed bag.
Goals from Neymar, Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus gave them a comfortable lead by half-time, after which Tomoaki Makino responded for Japan, who rarely threatened a comeback at Lille's Stade Pierre Mauroy in France. They were very well organised and every player contributed to making them a great team. Chelsea thought it would be. I got tired of hearing that 'Tite had a problem with Neymar.' And I can speak of his player's character, of his greatness in the locker room. Hotaru Yamagushi was sanctioned for a clumsy challenge on Gabriel Jesus in the 17th.