Neymar 'needs to cut out diving' - Germany legend Lothar Matthaus

Dean Simpson
July 5, 2018

Samara: Brazil superstar Neymar brushed off his critics after firing the five-time World Cup winners to victory Monday over Mexico.

His actions prompted criticism from Layun and Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio, but Silva believes Neymar's style is bound to draw contact.

The 20-second-clip features children running on a field, each dodging their own football.

With a goal and an assist, Neymar propelled Brazil into the quarterfinals of a tournament it has won five times. His replacement Felipe Luis usually is more solid defensively and gets forward well but has just come back from a broken leg, while, Fagner, who played on the right is no Alves.

A Reddit user posted an image from Neymar's Instagram story showing a lobby with some very recognizable usernames including "Menino Ney" (PSG player Neymar Jr), -J-E-S-U-S (Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus) and coutinho11 (Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho).

"People are focusing on Neymar, but if it was only Neymar, I'd be happy, but it's not only Neymar", Mourinho said after England's win.

They may not have hit their free-flowing stride going forward yet, but Brazil are gaining momentum and have still conceded just once in Russian Federation.

"Sometimes in the World Cup you want to be ideal, but in knockout football it's about winning and they showed a winning mentality".

Miguel Layun appeared to push his toe down onto Neymar's ankle, and while it was difficult to determine how hard the pressure was, Neymar writhed around for several minutes.

- Belgium coach Roberto Martinez after his side produced one of the great comebacks in World Cup history.

Brazil's steady progress into the quarter-finals of the World Cup has marked them out as one of the favorites. No surprises then that the duo became the most mentioned players on the platform for the Round of 16.

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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