Colombian who broke Neymar and Brazil's hearts retires

Neymar- Cropped

Neymar- Cropped

Brazil are the favorites in what Belgium coach Roberto Martinez described as a "dream match" for his players when the two countries meet in a World Cup quarter-final in Kazan on Friday. And it was the right foot that helped to break through Mexico's stern resistance in Samara.

Brazil winger Neymar is a world class footballer who does not need to exaggerate when his is fouled because it does not earn him any sympathy with the fans, former Germany captain and World Cup victor Lothar Matthaeus said today.

While some of their biggest rivals have already fallen by the wayside in Russia, Brazil have been making serene progress towards the latter stages of the World Cup. While the inclusion of Fernandinho, who had a good season with Manchester City, may offer more fluidity than Paulinho, although Casemiro's suspension means that Paulinho will probably keep his place. In the replays it was later seen that Layun stepped on Neymar's leg while taking the ball. It was clear that Belgium were the more exhausted team after 90 minutes of high pressing, so Chadli's goal was key as going into extra-time may have been more favourable for Japan.

When Mexico exhausted Brazil created enough chances to have won by more than 2-0. Neymar was accused of similar behavior in Brazil's games earlier in the tournament.

"He's very agile. He's very fast", Brazil coach Tite said. "Belgium deserve to play in the last 16", Silva said. "It's not a sin".

The rapid recovery seemed miraculous.

"We need players like Neymar", said the former West Germany captain, who won the inaugural Federation Internationale de Football Association world player award in 1991. In fact, Mexico started the better team, before El Tri wilted and Brazil gradually took over.

The Brazilian forward has courted controversy throughout the tournament, throwing himself to the floor whenever possible and even seeing a penalty overturned by VAR after it was revealed that he dived.

While Brazil fans were celebrating wildly, the El Tri fans were egging their players to come back to the game.

Neymar, though, still led the celebrations, charging toward the corner flag.

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