Ronaldo defends Neymar as English also accused of diving

Jul 05, 2018, 03:29
Ronaldo defends Neymar as English also accused of diving

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

Neymar is fouled an average of 5.75 times per game, 1.75 times more than the most-fouled player at the 2014 World Cup - Arjen Robben.

The Brazilian superstar was the key man in their 2-0 win but there was no doubting who Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio was talking about, even if he didn't mention his name.

But Neymar's sparkling performance was overshadowed by another incident late in the second half as Mexico midfielder Miguel Layun appeared to step on his ankle.

Brazil superstar Neymar brushed off his critics after firing the five-time World Cup winners to victory over Mexico on Monday and into a quarter-final showdown with Belgium.

Neymar is one of the world's greatest talents, of that there is no doubt. (1986 World Cup winner) Diego Maradona was not acting, (Argentina captain) Lionel Messi is not acting.

Against Mexico, Neymar burst into life after Brazil weathered early pressure from opponents determined to end a 32-year wait to reach the quarter-finals.

After releasing Willian with a back-heel, Neymar raced into the penalty area and slid to tap his teammate's return cross into the net.

"These two teams are constructed to score and to win matches".

"In the World Cup you want to be flawless but it's about getting through, it's about winning", Martinez said. In four games to date, he has scored two goals, including one in the last 16 triumph.

"That shows that we use aggressive marking to try and win the ball and then come out playing", he said.

When Mexico exhausted Brazil created enough chances to have won by more than 2-0.

"Juventus have been champions for the last seven years, and only once without having the best defence", said Tite's assistant Sylvinho, the former Arsenal and Barcelona left-back, after the Mexico game. "Our attackers play a big part in that".

Belgium were emphatic in the second half, but right before Chadli's goal, Japan actually had a short spell of dominance.

Whether or not his social media antics come back to bite him later, with Belgium facing Brazil on Friday in Kazan, remains to be seen.

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