It's Quarter-Final Time!

Posted July 06, 2018

Neymar's theatrics on the pitch have been a talking point of the 2018 FIFA World Cup so far, some might say even more than his two goals.

The former FC Porto and Real Madrid man has asked to undergo treatment in Russian Federation so that he can stay and support his Seleção teammates, who take on Belgium on Friday night in the quarter-finals. In the July 2 game against Mexico, he was down for five minutes and 29 seconds total, with the longest interruption coming when Mexican player Miguel Layun stepped on Neymar's right ankle.

Zlatko Dalic's side face tournament hosts Russian Federation in Saturday evening's quarter-final in Sochi, with the Reds centre-back having been a key figure so far.

Brazil allowed just one goal in three matches during the group stage and secured a 2-0 victory over Mexico to advance through the round of 16. "We know with Tite's Brazil and particularly with Neymar and Coutinho, this is a real World Cup contender".

Ronaldo's comments came as fans and pundits, many of them Brazilians, hit out at what they saw as play-acting by English players in their shootout win over Colombia.

"There is no doubt that Neymar takes more than his fair share of punishment as he is clearly the player being targeted". That time, Neymar was down for almost two minutes, RTS reports.

Thai authorities deciding how to rescue soccer team from flooded cave
The system of passageway of the cave to the team is complicated and hard for divers to navigate, making extraction challenging . A rescuer assured them that "navy SEALs will come tomorrow, with food and doctors and everything".

England may be more talented on paper but Sweden has a mojo rolling through this tournament that is hard to reconcile.

This means four World Cups without triumph for the player who seemed to be upbeat about his country's' performance.

The tournament's leading goal scorer Harry Kane give England the lead in the 57th minute from the penalty spot versus Columbia who equalised in added time to force another half-hour of play before losing 4-3 on penalties.

"The referees have given him little protection".

Sport looks how each side are placed ahead of the quarter-finals on Friday and Saturday. This will be very tricky for both teams.