Neymar: Ridiculed for his theatrics, where does the Brazilian go from here?

Neymar: Ridiculed for his theatrics, where does the Brazilian go from here?

Neymar: Ridiculed for his theatrics, where does the Brazilian go from here?

The Manchester City man scored a stunning goal as the Red Devils beat tournament favourites Brazil 2-1 to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has called the nation's footballers "quite unique" as their golden generation sit on the brink of the World Cup final.

Belgium were lucky to squeeze past Brazil 2-1 in a thrilling match in Kazan on Friday.

The 1950 World Cup is known more for Brazil's failure than Uruguay's triumph, while the 1982 tournament is a rare example of a team who didn't win the tournament - Brazil - being remembered more fondly than the eventual winners, Italy.

Pogba had an effort originally credited to him, later recorded as an own goal by Australia's Aziz Behich, and has played a key role in most of his country's best attacking moments.

"Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of everyone, they interrupted our dream but they did not remove it from our head nor from our hearts".

Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Benjamin Mendy will all keep the sly blue flag flying in the World Cup semi-finals.

We did not subscribe to all of this drama when we committed our time to follow the action in Russian Federation, at least not knowingly.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup field has been narrowed from 32 to four, and there will now be an all-out battle to hoist the trophy. Or maybe this is year that England finally, finally, wins another major worldwide tournament. You have to go all the way back to the 1934 World Cup to find a tournament in which more knockout games - and that tournament was played entirely as a knockout competition - were won by a team that had trailed.

Excluding shootouts, France have lost just one of their last 13 games in the knockout rounds of the World Cup (W10 D2 L1).

This is going to be a cracker!

But into the vacuum, a new star: France's 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, likened to the great Pele after he burned through Argentina, scoring two goals and winning a penalty in a 4-3 victory for Les Bleus.

These two have looked the best two teams in the tournament. I think for me they are an example for any young player who wants to play the game. This is his time to shine.

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