Coach & Neymar reject accusations of play-acting

Mexico Boss Lambasts Neymar for 'Clowning Around' as PSG Star's Antics Steal the Show

Mexico Boss Lambasts Neymar for 'Clowning Around' as PSG Star's Antics Steal the Show

But Neymar's sparkling performance was tarnished by yet another example of his tendency to overreact to seemingly innocuous challenges.

Miguel Layun appeared to push his toe down onto Neymar's ankle, and while it was difficult to determine how hard the pressure was, Neymar writhed around for several minutes.

"I haven't talked to the press, because I don't want controversy", he said in the post-game press conference Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio had earlier slammed Neymar for his attitude, although he refused to name him specifically. "Willian has some work tactically to get through because he has a lot to do for us but in the second half, tactically, he was able to deliver".

Eric Dier's spot-kick gave England their first-ever win on penalties at a World Cup at the fourth attempt - ending the jinx that has dogged them for so long.

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo came out in support of his countryman Neymar on Wednesday as criticism mounted against the pundits who have condemned his diving but ignored the play-acting of other players.

"There is no doubting the ability of him".

"I think if he can bring the title for Brazil, he has a huge opportunity to become the best player of the year", he said. "But it really is pathetic when he is rolling around as if he is in agony".

Neymar might be one of the best football players around but his talents on the pitch go beyond that and the 2018 World Cup has afforded football fans front row seats on what he is capable of on the biggest stage in football. "I just want to play and I help my team-mates".

Returning to Neymar, Matthaus said he did not believe the Brazilian was quite on a par with Messi and Ronaldo.

However, with only two goals, the Brazilian is well behind England star Harry Kane's tournament-leading tally of five goals. Neymar's absence since February with a foot injury was barely a blip for Paris Saint-Germain's procession to win the French league. But analyses about him is just about when he is playing.

"Neymar to Real?" he said.

The player was not sent off in the match after the decision went to VAR and it was ruled that the stamp was not intentional and therefore no punishment would be taken.

Since then, goalkeeper Alisson Becker has kept three straight clean sheets, with Brazil winning 2-0 against Costa Rica, Serbia and Mexico.

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