Neymar Had His Ankle Stepped On, Then Stepped on Mexico's Throat

Neymar Had His Ankle Stepped On, Then Stepped on Mexico's Throat

Brazilian streets erupted after their national team clinched a 2-0 victory over Mexico to book a place in the World Cup quarterfinal courtesy of Neymar and Roberto Firmino second half strikes.

However, he has faced accusations of diving at this year's World Cup.

The incident was clearly meant to wind Neymar up, and Layun was lucky to escape punishment.

Mexico, who enjoyed an enviable recent record against Brazil having won seven of their previous 15 matches against them, were a threat on the counter in the first half but then faded without ever really being put to the sword. Asked by a reporter that the replay showed a slight touch by Layun, Osorio responded: "I respect your opinion". "I think it's a shame for football".

"We wasted a lot of time because of one single player", Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said, without naming Neymar.

Neymar scored one goal and created another as his increasingly impressive Brazil side overpowered the Mexicans 2-0 in sweltering conditions.

He has been fouled 23 times so far in the tournament, more than Uruguayan duo Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani combined.

"I don't care much for criticism, not even from the press because in a way this can influence athletes. This should be a game of men and not so much clowning around".

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Brazil manager Tite believed Neymar was treated unfairly, stating: "I saw what happened".

Former Germany striker Jurgen Klinsmann: "If you look at the whole game, how many fouls were there on Neymar? I need to help my team, I have to play I have to play". The game was only two minutes old and Mexicans had already blocked two Brazilian passes in midfield. Vela and Lozano did extremely well to put pressure on Brazil from the wings. Credit must also be given to Tite, who made sure that the team's defence was sorted before the tournament.

For Brazil Neymar had an effort palmed away by the outstanding Guillermo Ochoa.

The position of Layun's boot was not clear on TV replays and Neymar was slated for his histrionics.

But an outstanding piece of skill by Neymar down the left midway through the first half left Alvarez for dead and galvanised a Brazil side who then took charge.

Yet he answered a number of questions with his display and a decisive finish early in the second half from a move that he had started himself.

Mexico's midfielder Andres Guardado (L) and Brazil's forward Neymar speak together during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 2, 2018.

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