'Stop acting, Ney!' the world urges

Tyler Owen
July 5, 2018

On Monday in Samara, Tite switched to a 4-4-2 formation after Mexico caused Brazil early problems, and they had a foundation to go on and win the game in the second half.

The former Sevilla defender appeared to purposely stand on Neymar's ankle, but the 26-year-old's reaction to the incident prompted Mexico boss Osorio to dedicate a large portion of his post-match comments to the PSG star's antics.

The 20-second-clip features children running on a field, each dodging their own football. "[Philippe] Coutinho, [Roberto] Firmino, [Gabriel] Jesus, Marcelo, the whole team".

"Criticism is nonsense. TV shows and newspapers just want to fill the space".

Brazil football great Ronaldo has leapt to the defense of his compatriot Neymar, refuting claims the Selecao forward has been play-acting during the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

"We have to learn to suffer", said Neymar.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have dominated the game for the past decade, have gone home, their hopes of ever winning the World Cup probably over. But I mean the pain threshold of Neymar is just incredibly low, I must admit.

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Neymar celebrating his goal against Mexico this morning. The Brazilian was on fire last night and caught a lot of eyes with his performance and his look, as he changed his hairstyle for the third time this World Cup.

"I think it is a disgrace for the game that you lose so much time for one single player.I don't think that is a good example for football or followers of football".

Strangely enough against Belgium, Brazil's opponents in the quarter-finals, Fernandinho will face club mates such as Kevin De Bruyne and Vicent Kompany, as well as players he is accustomed to facing in the Premier League like Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Michy Batshuayi, and Thibault Courtois, amongst others.

Neymar's unseemly habit of going down under even the tenderest of bodily contact has won him few fans at this World Cup.

Mexican coach Juan Carlos Osorio made a reference to "too much acting" and former internationals Alan Shearer, Pat Nevin, Peter Schmeichel and Eric Cantona were among those who criticised Neymar's theatrics during the first four games of the tournament.

"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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