The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports - — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ney­mar, Brazil head home early – again: Brazil came to Rus­sia with a strong team, a well-liked coach and a great star. Fans thought the Sele­cao would fi­nally end its World Cup ti­tle drought.

But again the five-time world cham­pi­ons are leav­ing empty handed, un­able to make it to the semi­fi­nals four years af­ter that hu­mil­i­at­ing 7-1 loss to Ger­many at its home World Cup.

It was a bad blow for the Brazil­ians.

“I can say this is the sad­dest mo­ment of my ca­reer,” said Ney­mar on In­sta­gram.

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