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Neymar ridiculed for his World Cup theatrics

Neymar ridiculed for his World Cup theatrics

"Our finishing was shambolic throughout the World Cup".

He said: "Everybody knows Didier Drogba is a bit of a big brother to me".

The 2018 FIFA World Cup field has been narrowed from 32 to four, and there will now be an all-out battle to hoist the trophy. All veterans of the last World Cup in Brazil, and with a deep pool of experience from their combined 266 appearances for Les Bleus, they were game-changers in the 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Uruguay that moved 1998 World Cup-winner France into its first semifinal since 2006.

Neymar was personally tipped for glory in the competition but endured a hard tournament, scoring twice for Brazil but also receiving severe criticism from around the world as a result of his perceived tendency to dive and exaggerate injuries.

This will be the first World Cup in 12 years, and just the fifth overall, with all four semi-finalists from one confederation.

For better or worse Brazil star Neymar grabbed a lot of headlines at this World Cup.

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Neymar, who only just recovered from a metatarsal injury in time to play in Russian Federation, spoke of his pride in his team-mates, who failed to emulate Brazil's achievement of reaching the semi-finals in 2014.

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Spain-Portugal has already been matched or surpassed by at least two games: France-Argentina and Belgium-Japan in the round of 16.

The Real Madrid defender said winning the 2018 World Cup would not be easy, in a tournament where "there are no favourites" since "all the remaining teams are strong".

Fred and his Brazil team looked the best outfit by far, dominating games and moving the ball fluidly, their strength in depth adding to the menace they bring.

Thibaut Courtois made nine saves for Belgium, taking his tournament tally up to 18. (EPA) Fred suffered the injury before Brazil's World Cup opener. A match won is only over 90 or 120 mins.


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