Brazil elimination 'saddest moment of my career' - Neymar

Brazil exit means only Europeans left standing at World Cup

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It's a move Neymar has pulled numerous times throughout the World Cup, whether for sympathy, to draw a penalty kick, or some combination of both.

In the semi-finals due to be played, on July 10, France are set to take on Belgium in the semi-finals after eliminating Uruguay with a 2-0 triumph.

But he claims it is an inevitable outcome and teams and players growing old.

Compelling, that is, until one considers the counter-examples of France and England. Exhibit A: The contender for goal of the tournament scored for France by Benjamin Pavard against Argentina.

In earning their rightful place in the semi-finals, Belgium have shown what rewards await those teams that are prepared to put nine or 10 men behind the ball when the opposition are in possession and initiate swift and deadly breaks in transition. His goal oozed freshness and a young person's can-do attitude. "Nothing justifies racism. We are with you Fernandinho".

Brazil have conceded only one goal in this World Cup, the equal most stingy rearguard along with Uruguay, and allowed only five shots on target in four games, the fewest of any side. The impression, increasingly, is that all that remains of Brazil's heydays are fumes.

Harry Kane still holds up Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as standard-bearers despite the superstar duo's disappointing World Cup.

Brazil played their 109th World Cup game, joining Germany for the record for most matches in World Cup history. Instead, the 26-year-old playmaker regressed, becoming the butt of jokes because of his theatrics and flops.

Neymar was responsible for just one of Brazil's nine shots on target as they crashed out against Belgium, leaving him with just two goals to show for his efforts in Russian Federation.

"Providing assists is also important and this year I have provided more than ever". They can defend, they are imaginative in midfield and they score goals for fun.

France beat the Selecao in the 2006 edition quarter-finals in Germany, only to reach the final and concede defeat to Italy.

The group stage was spectacular.



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