Brazil star Neymar received treatment after Miguel Layun stood on his ankle on the sideline during Monday’s 2018 World Cup Round of 16 game. More
04 July, 2018, 19:39
Promising the 1/4 final match between Brazil and Belgium will take place on 6 July in Kazan.
However, not everybody found Neymar's behaviour to be unwarranted.
Brazil goalkeeper Alisson, left, blocks a kick by Mexico's Javier Hernandez, right, during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018.
- Japan coach Akira Nishino on the Blue Samurai's crushing last-gasp loss to Belgium after going up 2-0 in the second half. The goals were scored by Neymar (51th minute) and Roberto Firmino (88).
The Japan players slumped to the turf and coach Akira Nishino said they were too stunned to talk about the match immediately afterwards.
"I don't think it will be a game with many secrets".
And with the last attack of the match, Belgium swept forward from a Japan corner and Chadli applied the finishing touch to a stirring comeback. "But only one team continues, and we deserve it after our performance".
Brazil are five-time winners of the World Cup, but have not triumphed in the competition since 2002. "It's not a sin". In a delayed reaction, Neymar made the most of Layun stepping on his ankle, rolling around with his hand covering his eyes. "Willian has some work tactically to get through because he has a lot to do for us but in the second half, tactically, he was able to deliver". "I think this is a real shame for football, especially for kids who are watching because this has to be a sport of virility, of determination, a man's sport, like other games, and not a charade".
"He has to know that today diving is a yellow card and VAR exists. Our attackers play a big part in that". "Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus and Marcelo - the whole team".
With Germany, Argentina and Spain among the contenders already eliminated, Brazil's hopes of a sixth World Cup title have received an extra lift.
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.