Could Neymar’s incessant flopping and ‘histrionics’ hurt Brazil - and soccer?

06 July, 2018, 04:30 | Author: Marlene Myers
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Brazilian forward Neymar has been lauded for some sublime moments at the World Cup in Russian Federation, but he's also come in for criticism over his perceived play-acting on numerous occasions during his team's run to the quarter-finals.

Yahoo Sports notes that Neymar might be the most-fouled player in the World Cup, but figures revealed on Thursday show just how much he is "milking every point of contact". The two games will be played on July 6 at 7pm and 11pm respectively.

Meanwhile, England beat Colombia after a penalty shootout on Tuesday night at the Otkrytiye Arena, setting up a quarter-final against Sweden, while France and Brazil also made it through the round-of-16.

Brazil's defensive record under coach Tite has been remarkable, with only six goals conceded in 25 matches, and they have been just as miserly in Russian Federation. He is an excellent player, one of the five best players in the world", the 57-year-old Matthaeus, who won the 1990 world Cup with West Germany, told reporters."Why does he need the acting?

The 2018 World Cup Quarterfinals begin on Friday with a pair of games. "We know with Tite's Brazil and particularly with Neymar and Coutinho, this is a real World Cup contender".

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Neymar was accused of similar behavior in Brazil's games earlier in the tournament. Brazil came into the tournament as one of the favourites, with Belgium something of a dark horse contender.

In Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, Belgium, who last reached the semis in 1986, have two of the game's most devastating creators.

Neymar has had a contrasting 2018 World Cup.

The third match will feature Sweden and England. This time we are in peak form and I think it's our time. The difference between these two teams could be the presence of a star.

There have also been news going round that the 31-year-old could announce his retirement from worldwide football.

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