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Matthaus tells Neymar to stop diving

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Edward Snyder | 05 July, 2018, 03:50

Against Mexico, Neymar burst into life after Brazil weathered early pressure from opponents determined to end a 32-year wait to reach the quarter-finals.

Kwese's Andrew Kabuura and Daniel Amokachi gather their thoughts after they were left stunned by Belgium's come-from-behind win over Japan. Couldn't catch the action?

But he was widely seen as the villain of the 2014 World Cup by fans of the host nation for his role in Neymar's injury.

The Brazilian cult hero has arrived.

Thomas Meunier said he would be facing the best player he has ever played with when Belgium take on Neymar and Brazil in the World Cup quarter-final, saying of his Paris-Saint Germain team-mate: "I do not know how to stop him". Against Mexico, however, he was back to his best.

The world's most expensive player put Brazil in the lead after his back-heel released Willian, who then sent the ball into the penalty area. Neymar uses his mobility to defend himself from the bumps and hits that are dished out to him. "I just want to play and I help my team-mates".

Neymar needed four minutes treatment after clutching his shin following a possible aggression by Mexican substitute Miguel Layun although TV replays show that any contact, if I existed was extremely slight.




Just because he overreacts doesn't mean the Brazilian hasn't got a point. Brazil are looking to Italy for inspiration.

Champions find a way.

"They have many qualities", he said.

"That was a test for the team and its character".

"No more Narcissism. Let us love Brasil like we used to love to". They have created their own story and made history. The question on everyone's lips now is- can Belgium go the distance?

He may yet lead Brazil to glory in Russian Federation, of course, but he's still got a lot to do - starting with a quarter-final against Belgium and a potential semi-final with France or Uruguay. Jan Vertonghen (69), Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui (74) and Nacer Chadli (90+4) all scored goals after being down 0:2 to Japan, all five goals scored in the second half.

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