Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

Who's saying what at the World Cup

Who's saying what at the World Cup

"I just have to play, help my teammates, help my team".

Neymar must help Brazil lift the trophy next week if he wants to join the greats, according to the World Cup victor who first took home FIFA's top individual award. However, Despite the controversy looming over him, he managed to score a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win over Mexico.

Brazil made it look easy against Mexico as Neymar looks to finally have found his rhythm.

Neymar, who has scored twice so far to help Brazil into the World Cup quarter-finals in Russian Federation where they will face Belgium on Friday, has been sharply criticised for a string of exaggerated reactions when clashing with an opponent.

After his team beat Austria 3-0 in a warm-up friendly, Tite lauded his players for only conceding eight free-kicks.

Secondly, regardless of the number of extra rolls he takes for every nudge of a tackle, Neymar is still the most fouled player at World Cup 2018.

Neymar needed four minutes treatment after clutching his shin following a possible aggression by Mexican substitute Miguel Layun although TV replays show that any contact, if I existed was extremely slight.

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Mexico take on the mighty Brazilians in Samara on Monday, hoping to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1986. Mesut Ozil was involved in a bust-up in the immediate aftermath of Germany's World Cup exit after being insulted by a supporter.

He may yet lead Brazil to glory in Russian Federation, of course, but he's still got a lot to do - starting with a quarter-final against Belgium and a potential semi-final with France or Uruguay.

Their round-of-16 tie against Mexico was another object lesson in defending from the central pairing of Thiago Silva and Miranda, assisted by full backs Fagner and Filipe Luis and given an extra layer of protection by Casemiro in midfield.

"In the World Cup you want to be flawless but it's about getting through, it's about winning", Martinez said.

"I think we've been in this position before many times over the last however many years".

"We have to learn to suffer", said Neymar. They caused problems for Brazil, too, initially. We'll find out on Sunday when the face Brazil in the quarter final.

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar was often at the centre of things, as he scored and played a key role in Roberto Firmino getting the second.

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