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Brazil World Cup exit 'the saddest moment of my career' - Neymar

AFP  |  Sochi (Russia) 

has expressed his anguish after were knocked out of on Friday, losing 2-1 to in the quarter-finals in

"I can say it is the saddest moment of my career, the pain is great because we knew we could get there, we know we had a chance to go far, to make history... But it wasn't to be this time," he wrote in an post.

were left stunned in Friday night's match in Kazan, finding themselves 2-0 down at half-time and unable to rescue the game in the second half, despite substitute getting a goal back late on.

The disappointment follows Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss against in the semi-finals four years ago, when they hosted the tournament.

They played that match without Neymar, who had been stretchered off in the quarter-final win over with a fractured vertebrae.

He came to having only just returned from an operation on a fractured bone in his foot in early March.

"It is difficult to find the strength to want to go back out and play football, but I am certain that God will give me sufficient strength to face up to anything," added.

"Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of everyone. They interrupted our dream but they have not taken it from our heads or our hearts."

The forward, who became the world's most when he left for Paris Saint-Germain last year for 222 million euros ($264 million), will be 30 by the time the next comes around in in 2022.

have now been knocked out in the quarter-finals at three of the last four tournaments since winning for the fifth time, in in 2002.

The Brazil squad were due to leave Russian soil on Saturday afternoon on a flight to Madrid, before carrying on to Rio de Janeiro, where they are due to arrive in the early hours of Sunday.

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First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 22:30 IST