Neymar ridiculed for his World Cup theatrics


The Paris St Germain player came to Russian Federation as one of the potential leading lights but he did not live up to his own high standards and left saying the 2-1 quarter-final defeat was the low point of his footballing life.

It was a spirited display from Brazil, which managed to pull a goal back after going 2-0 down in the first half, and almost equalized in the dying moments when Neymar forced a fingertip save from Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Since 1990, the eight World Cups including this one have seen just two South American wins, both by Brazil - and the last of those was back in 2002.

The Brazilian FA (CBF) wants to maintain Tite as head coach of the Brazilian national team until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar even though Brazil crashed out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage following a 2-1 defeat against Belgium.

As disheartening as the loss is for Brazil, Neymar and Co. are in good company, in a manner of speaking.

After more goals came from set-pieces in this World Cup's group stage than any other, dead-ball strategy has continued to have a huge impact in the knockout phase, with five of the 11 goals scored in the quarterfinals coming from free kicks or corners.

"He's helped me grow a lot as an individual player, he's made football easier", he admitted.

Pope Francis speaks to a crowd of thousands gathered at St Peter's the day after Brazil were eliminated from the Fifa World Cup.

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Football fans united in a bit of schadenfreude yesterday after Neymar's side were booted out of the World Cup. "We can't give him any space either, so it is going to take a collective effort".

"What we did have to do from time to time was defend him from rival players who were trying to wind him up".

"Lukaku can make it hard for any team because of his physique". Here's the unofficial count for Brazil's quarter-final match against Belgium.

Ah well, there's always World Cup 2022, fellas. "I can understand that it causes problems, some people think he dives too much..."

"In general terms and physical, the team flew in".

Kevin De Bruyne has praised Belgium boss Roberto Martinez for instilling the belief in his team that they can win the World Cup.

"It is a fantastic generation and in order to beat them we will have to play a great match".