Neymar playacting has wasted 14 minutes at FIFA World Cup 2018


An average audience of 16.5 million watched the match, with a peak audience of 24.4 million as England won on penalties.

The 2018 World Cup has seen some giant teams like Germany, Argentina, Portugal and Spain deposed in the early stages of the competition.

And while the veteran tactician has declared his clear favourites to clinch the prestigious trophy as his homeland France, he highlighted the threat of five-time winners Brazil and the Three Lions in their respective pursuits of World Cup glory.

Sweden lags as a +370 bet on Saturday's World Cup odds, and are also pegged as distant +2500 longshots on the championships odds.

"We know that we are a good team, we've earned our successes, we know how we've got this far", he told a post-match news conference.

The knockouts got off on the most dramatic note possible with the sport's two biggest superstars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, exiting on the same day. If Spartak Moscow midfielder Zobnin can keep him as quiet as he kept Andres Iniesta when Russian Federation defeated Spain, the hosts might pull off another shock result.

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Brazil's starting XI to face Belgium: Alisson; Fágner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Fernandinho, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar. Brazil had a rather comfortable game to lead them into the quarter finals whilst Belgium however came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in a thrilling game against dark horses Japan.

RB Leipzig midfielder Emil Forsberg grabbed the only goal of a tight encounter midway through the second half to send his country into the quarters for the first time since the 1994 side who finished third in the United States.

And for England, three words sum up their entire experience at the World Cup.

To that end, Marca reports that Brazil's football association has advised Neymar to keep quiet and let Tite and his teammates defend him ahead of Friday's quarterfinal match with Belgium.

With Cavani's fitness in doubt, Uruguay will be increasingly reliant upon Suarez to take advantage of any gaps in the France defence and snap up every opportunity for a shot at goal.