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Playing 'favorites' Brazil a dream for Belgium: Martinez

05 July 2018

I don't like this provocation and acting and I can not understand why a player likes to cheat.

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.

For those who did not manage to watch Neymar's winning performance before, there is still hope to watch another Neymar drama as Brazil will meet Belgium in the quarter-finals match on Friday. The answers, delivered over a five-goal second half that saw the Europeans come back from two goals down to find an injury-time victor: Japan absolutely belonged, and Belgium has the stomach to fight back.

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.

Prior to that, Neymar spent 1 minute and 56 seconds "injured" against Serbia and endured 3 minutes and 40 seconds of similar suffering when they faced Switzerland.

"At the top level, this is a lot", said Tite after Brazil booked their spot in the quarterfinals. It was clear that Belgium were the more exhausted team after 90 minutes of high pressing, so Chadli's goal was key as going into extra-time may have been more favourable for Japan.

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Goals on Saturday - the most goals on a day of World Cup knockout football since 1970, when the two semi-finals produced 11 goals. The midfield foursome of Rodrigo Bentancur, Lucas Torreira, Diego Laxalt and Matias Vecino was constantly working back to help.

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After watching holders Germany, Spain and Argentina all exit the competition in the last week in various states of disarray, the Selecao eased into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory against Mexico on Monday. On July 6, Belgium and Brazil will play in Kazan, and Uruguay and France in Nizhny Novgorod.

Japan as the last remaining Asian team in the tournament opened the score sheets early in the forty eighth minute through Genki Haraguchi, and scored again the fifty second minute through Takashi Inui.

While Brazil fans were celebrating wildly, the El Tri fans were egging their players to come back to the game.

Martinez certainly had the last laugh, as his decision to bring on Chadli and Fellaini when chasing two (or three) goals was widely mocked on Twitter.

Playing 'favorites' Brazil a dream for Belgium: Martinez