Brazil forward Neymar defends himself from accusation of over-acting

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Brazil stayed on course for a sixth title as Neymar scored and created a goal for substitute Roberto Firmino to snuff out Mexico's challenge. However, Despite the controversy looming over him, he managed to score a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win over Mexico.

Brazil's knock-out match against Mexico on Monday allowed Neymar to showcase his best performance yet when he was knocked down near sideline around the 71st minute by Mexico's Miguel Layun.

Trailing 2-0 to Japan and heading out of the World Cup, the Red Devils mounted an extraordinary comeback, scoring three times in the final 21 minutes to set up a quarter-final against Brazil.

Martinez saw his side rally from the brink of elimination to snatch a last-gasp 3-2 win over Japan in the Round of 16 on Monday, booking a meeting with the five-time World Cup winners.

They have conceded just one goal so far at this World Cup, and Steven Zuber's effort for Switzerland in a 1-1 draw in Rostov-on-Don could have been disallowed for a foul on Joao Miranda.

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Miranda and Thiago Silva were again imperious at the back, while first-choice full-backs Marcelo and Danilo could be fit to return for a much tougher defensive test against Belgium on Friday.

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The centre-left Social Democrats, another partner in the coalition, must also accept the deal along with neighbouring Austria. She told reporters afterward that "The security of our country begins on our borders".

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo called recent criticism of countryman Neymar for diving at the World Cup "nonsense" and said he hasn't been protected by referees.

Ronaldo, a three-time victor of FIFA's best player award, and Matthaeus spoke at a briefing about the individual accolade that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have won five times each in the past decade.

History shows that the team with the best defence tends to win the trophy.

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When Mexico exhausted Brazil created enough chances to have won by more than 2-0. "We will need power", he said in a hint that the physical presence of Fellaini might be deployed from the beginning.

"The game against Japan gave us a big boost", he said.

Promising the 1/4 final match between Brazil and Belgium will take place on 6 July in Kazan.

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