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Brazil and Belgium out in the quarter-finals

Brazil and Belgium out in the quarter-finals

In between, he writhed in agony on the turf after a Mexican opponent appeared to stand on his ankle, but the referee ruled there had been no foul and Neymar was soon on his feet and sprinting.

Even though Neymar was highly instrumental in Brazil's round-of-16 win over Mexico, he is being severely criticised for overreacting in the wake of what seemed to be not-so-harsh tackles.

But what's upsetting many fans is the theatrics accompanying the knocks, as Neymar works overtime to milk the moment.

Tite hadn't been the first manager to criticize Neymar in Brazil. "In any case, I think we need to keep developing", he added, quoted by Sky Sports. In the replays it was later seen that Layun stepped on Neymar's leg while taking the ball.

Neymar scored one goal and played a key role in the other as his side set up a quarter-final against Belgium, who beat Japan 3-2 later on Monday.

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There is also "WBS", which is presumably the initials of Chelsea player Willian Borges de Silva, and CasAo is likely Real Madrid player Casemiro, as Neymar tagged both players in the picture. The answers, delivered over a five-goal second half that saw the Europeans come back from two goals down to find an injury-time victor: Japan absolutely belonged, and Belgium has the stomach to fight back.

"I think it is a disgrace for the game that you lose so much time for one single player.I don't think that is a good example for football or followers of football".

But the title talk has been drowned out in much of the world by a debate over Neymar's play acting.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have dominated the game for the past decade, have gone home, their hopes of ever winning the World Cup probably over. Then Roberto Firmino netted the second goal closer to full-time, securing a win. The team opened with a win over Germany, setting the defending champions on the path to an early exit.

All told, the Brazilian has suffered 23 fouls (and we use the word "foul" incredibly loosely there) in four games at the tournament - the most of any player.


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