Brazil's defender Miranda Marcelo and Neymar take part in a training session on the eve of their 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Mexico

"They criticize Neymar more than the players who hunt him down over 90 minutes".

He spent one season in England at Watford, scoring his only goal for the Hornets against Manchester United.

While Brazil fans were celebrating wildly, the El Tri fans were egging their players to come back to the game. It turned out to be pure histrionics. Writhing in agony after his right ankle was stepped on by Miguel Layun, Neymar managed to get back on his feet.

If you go by what Tweeple are saying, Neymar is the ideal contender to win the best actor award at next year's Oscars. "I think it's more an attempt to undermine me than anything else". The victor will face the victor of France and Uruguay in the World Cup semi-finals.

And so to Friday when Brazil, who have the joint-best defence at the tournament along with Uruguay, face a Belgium outfit who have been the most prolific with 12 goals scored. The last time Mexico reached the quarterfinals was when the country hosted the tournament in 1986.


The European (and U.S.) press has been largely kind to Osorio during this World Cup campaign, seeing El Tri's performances in Russian Federation as pulsating and gutsy, especially considering that Mexico has no players now at what would could be considered elite clubs. "You have to win titles with your team". They caused problems for Brazil, too, initially.

However, not everybody found Neymar's behaviour to be unwarranted.

Only one Argentina player took advantage of the national team's chartered plane to return to Buenos Aires after their Round of 16 elimination at the hands of France.

Neymar's dispute with Layun unfolded as the Mexico substitute tried to recover the ball.

However, Silva does not believe rough treatment is anything new for Neymar.


The rapid recovery seemed miraculous.

Neymar is a world class footballer who does not need to exaggerate when he is fouled because it does not earn him any sympathy, claims Lothar Matthaus said.

"I think that we adapted to necessity, maybe, rather than having a clear idea", Sampaoli told the Independent.

"With the penalty we missed three minutes of football because of the discussions".

Matthaeus also blamed Geiger for not punishing players for it. "(Philippe) Coutinho, (Roberto) Firmino, (Gabriel) Jesus, Marcelo, the whole team".


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