Ronaldo defends Neymar as English also accused of diving

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Brazil defender Thiago Silva meanwhile heaped praise on Neymar, who only returned to action shortly before the tournament following an injury lay-off of more than three months.

Some football fans creatively dressed their pets in national jerseys to show their full support and devotion for the players who are fighting for the golden Cup in Russian Federation.

Brazilian soccer great Neymar is taking a lot of flak for one of the less appealing aspects of his style of play: his tendency to "thrash around like a harpooned dolphin", as Piers Morgan puts it, every time he makes contact with an opposing player.

Under-fire Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli has remained in Russian Federation, reportedly to watch the likes of Brazil and Uruguay in preparation for next year's Copa America, but it's believed that his days in the job are numbered.

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.

Champions find a way.

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"That was a test for the team and its character". However, Despite the controversy looming over him, he managed to score a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win over Mexico.

Kompany, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard have won the Premier League eight times between them. Nacer Chadli then stole it for Belgium in the 4th minute of stoppage time from a swift counter-attack. The club said they have "made no offer of any kind to PSG or the player". The question on everyone's lips now is- can Belgium go the distance?

The victor of the tie will face either France or Uruguay in St Petersburg on July 10.

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar was often at the centre of things, as he scored and played a key role in Roberto Firmino getting the second. Belgium were visibly exhausted after having given their all to get back into the game, while Japan had been sitting back and soaking up the pressure.

The message left by Neymar on his snapchat roughly translates to "if there is a celebration.it is obvious that there is a game" - indicating this is a regular pastime after the team get a big win. "Naturally we want to win but we are not expected to and that is an important difference".

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