Playing 'favorites' Brazil a dream for Belgium: Martinez

05 July, 2018, 03:30 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • World Cup 2018: Is Belgium's golden generation finally about to deliver?

"The players who defend him make fouls", Silva said of his team-mate.

Neymar, who was given the lowest score by users of the BBC Player Rater, said the Brazilian players "have to learn to suffer".

In the first 45 minutes against Mexico, Brazil again struggled to get the ball to their best players on a regular basis, due partly to a pragmatic midfield of Casemiro and Paulinho.

Trailing 2-0 to Japan and heading out of the World Cup, the Red Devils mounted an extraordinary comeback, scoring three times in the final 21 minutes to set up a quarter-final against Brazil.

Abhijit: It's hard to not feel for Japan after yesterday's match, but the win for Belgium is an absolute bonkers news for any football fan.

Although Neymar has scored only two goals in four games in Russian Federation, he did enter the World Cup after spending three months recovering from a broken right foot. (1986 World Cup winner) Diego Maradona was not acting, (Argentina captain) Lionel Messi is not acting.

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.

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A good period of attacking play resulted in the Selecao bagging the much-awaited goal in the 51st minute.

While some of their biggest rivals have already fallen by the wayside in Russia, Brazil have been making serene progress towards the latter stages of the World Cup.

"We wasted a lot of time because of one single player", Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said, without naming Neymar. They caused problems for Brazil, too, initially.

Japan had stunned Roberto Martinez's third-ranked side by racing into a two-goal lead in the second half through Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui.

"The KO in the last 16 is another dark chapter in our history", said Spanish sports daily Marca, adding that it was "incredible naivety" to think Lopetegui's abrupt sacking would not affect the team.

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The former Tottenham man is expected to rejoin the group on Thursday and take a place alongside Fernandinho in the starting line-up to face Belgium on Friday.

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