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Through Ryu’s Lens: Neymar inspires a nation

Brazil wanted to stomp its foot down as a global power in the game once again. Neymar was striving for greatness. The opportunity presented itself perfectly: outplay the best in the world. Greatness comes with beating the best, and the 3-0 scoreline barely captures the whole story. It was a performance for the ages. It was an incredible way to truly reopen the Maracanã and usher in a new era. Now, naturally, all eyes are on 2014 to do it again. [You can interact with Ryu on twitter @Toksuede and check his FlickrPosted by Eric]

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6 August 2016 - Violence erupted at the Rio 2016 Olympics opening ceremony as police broke up protests outside the Maracana Stadium with tear gas.

Thousands of Brazilians marched through the streets of Rio in protest at the Government splurging billions on the Olympics as the poor struggle to afford the basics.

But the march turned ugly as it reached the Maracana Stadium, which is hosting the opening ceremony tonight. Black-clad activists in masks started burning flags, including the Olympic flag.

Heavily-armed riot police moved in and fired tear gas into the crowd – which included children. Eyewitnesses claimed police were beating protestors.