With a goal and an assist, Neymar propelled Brazil into the quarterfinals of a tournament it has won five times.
The opprobrium heaped on the 26-year old has prompted a counter-reaction from fans, who, with some justification, believe Neymar is more sinned against than sinner.
However, with his side trailing 2-0 and seemingly crashing out of the World Cup in a huge shock, Martinez reacted just in time to save Belgium’s chances of lifting the World Cup for the first time. “It’s absolutely pathetic. Honestly,”.
“There is no doubting the ability of him. The players who defend him make fouls”, Silva said of his team-mate. But when asked, the PSG man rejected claims of cheating.
“I don’t much care for criticism”, Neymar said, “not even for praise”. The last two matches I didn’t talk to the press because there’s so many people talking.
Brazil forward Neymar is undoubtedly one of the world’s most talented footballers, but his tendency towards the dramatic is also hard to ignore.
Tite said Willian was given more freedom to roam in the second half and it paid off as the Chelsea player constantly stretched the Mexican defence from wide positions.
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.
When Hector Herrera received the ball on the edge of the penalty area in what seemed like a good shooting position, he was immediately surrounded by four defenders and his shot was charged down.
“Willian has been delivering handsome work”, Sylvinho said.
The result was settled when Layun lost possession in the dying minutes.
Gabriel Jesus has yet to find the net, but Roberto Firmino came off the bench to score on Monday and is pushing for a start.
The message left by Neymar on his snapchat roughly translates to “if there is a celebration.it is obvious that there is a game” – indicating this is a regular pastime after the team get a big win.
However, Silva does not believe rough treatment is anything new for Neymar.