Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Brazil's Neymar has spent 14 minutes on the floor

Brazil's Neymar has spent 14 minutes on the floor

Belgium rallied from two goals down to beat Japan 3-2 in the round of 16.

"Hopefully we can go to the final".

One thing that remains constant, amid the goals, the VAR, the penalties, the off-field action, the intrigue, the injuries, the everything, is that Neymar is a diving git and don't we all know it.

The World Cup hosts have had their wings clipped since they opened the tournament with a 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia, but Russian Federation proved their ability to grind out results when they knocked out Spain on penalties after a 1-1 extra-time draw in the last round.

He reiterated his stance in blunt terms ahead of Brazil's quarter-final against Belgium and sung Neymar's praises for the less-talked-about qualities he brings to the Selecao.

With Spain's elimination during the Round of 16, England has emerged as the strongest squad on their side of the bracket, and have been rewarded on the World Cup championship odds, where they trail only Brazil and sit alongside France at +400.

The three lions created history early this week when Eric Dier scored the winning penalty in the first shootout England has won at the World Cup.

Mbappe and his attacking team-mates will have a much tougher time breaking down Uruguay's defence, which has conceded just one goal in the tournament. Both teams are coming off huge wins as Uruguay ousted Portugal 2-1 and France bested Argentina 4-3 to advance to the quarterfinal stage.

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The Manchester City defender played in Brazil's opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland in Group E after Dani Alves was injured before the tournament began.

This has been an incredible World Cup and the round of 16 did not disappoint with drama and surprises.

"I think it's more an attempt to undermine me than anything else".

Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis said: "It has not been a discussion other than, "we are two o'clock and that's it". The final match will be held on July 15 at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

The final quarterfinal encounter will see the host nation Russian Federation take on an impressive Croatia side. Or will it come to an end? The difference between these two teams could be the presence of a star.

Harry Kane is leading the race for the Golden Boot, but he will need help from the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard if the Three Lions are to make the semi-finals.

Laura Armstrong is a sports reporter based in Toronto.

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