Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Midfield still a problem, but can forwards carry Brazil to win?

Midfield still a problem, but can forwards carry Brazil to win?

However, in the much-anticipated knockout game against Mexico, and after being overshadowed by El Tri attackers Hirving Lozano, Carlos Vela and Javier "Chicharito" Harnandez in the first half, Neymar rose to the occasion when the Selecao needed him the most.

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.

As the match continued Neymar's "performance" intensified, with some calling him a "great footballer, even better actor".

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 on Wednesday.

"We were able to play quite a balanced game and I think that says a lot about us and our style. I don't care much for criticism, or praise, because this can influence your attitude". "This is a very bad example for the world and the world of football".

"(Diego) Maradona wasn't acting, (Lionel) Messi doesn't act.

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South Korea went into the match with no points from their opening two games after losing 1-0 to Sweden and 2-1 to Mexico . It is the first time in six tournaments in charge that the coach has failed to guide Germany to the semi-finals.

According to RTS's numbers, Neymar spent a whopping 5 minutes and 30 seconds writhing around on the ground against Mexico alone.

With the early elimination of Germany, Argentina and Spain, Brazil are now strong favourites to win their sixth World Cup as the competition enters its final 12 days.

But Ronaldo said Neymar "who is one of the most fouled players in the entire tournament - needed more protecting. I just want to play and I help my team-mates".

When asked about Neymar, he said: "Neymar doesn't need to act".

He spent one season in England at Watford, scoring his only goal for the Hornets against Manchester United. Brazil has reached that stage at every World Cup since 1994.

England's Harry Kane, right, battles for the ball with Colombia's Radamel Falcao during the round of 16 match between Colombia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

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