Friday, 20 July, 2018

Neymar Has Rolled Out Of The World Cup After Defeat To Belgium

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"Maybe, I will [have it] tomorrow or later", Firmino said.

Brazil coach Tite dismissed talk that his team is the favourite to win the match against Belgium, let alone the World Cup.

Their loss to Belgium means they've been eliminated by a European side at four World Cups in a row.

While one can not deny he's one of the very best players in world football, and someone who boasts supreme technical ability, it's no wonder he's so universally disliked with the way he conducts himself.

"Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of all, interrupted our dream but did not take away from our head nor from our hearts", the Brazilian posted on his Instagram account. "Naturally, we want to win but we are not expected to and that is an important difference".

"Against a team like Brazil, you must attack and defend with 11 players", he added.

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Belgium play in a second successive World Cup quarter-final, looking to reach the semi-finals for the second time after they advanced to the last four in Mexico 32 years ago.

Lukaku has brought his United form with him to Russian Federation, scoring four goals in as many games so far and adding a further assist.

"I will always remember there was a moment at 0-2 down against Japan that he's the one that is giving a bit of composure, a bit of belief into the group and he's getting everyone to know that we've still got time to get back into the game".

"But if it's going to be a collective performance from a smart team that knows how to play together and fight for each other, then we have a chance and that's the only thing I care about". "[But] I think offensively that we are really strong".

The criticism comes after Tite failed to replace Fred in the final 23-man squad as he had up until 24 hours prior to Brazil's first appearance in the tournament to make a change, a game which came ten days following the United man's injury.

"But we've been working so hard to get ourselves to this occasion". If you look, you see how much he's been participating collectively, taking up the ball, taking up space. Not only has Belgium not won any of its games against South American teams in the knockout stages, it hasn't even managed to score a goal.

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