Brazil Forward Firmino Says Elimination From World Cup 'Huge Blow' for Team

Brazil Forward Firmino Says Elimination From World Cup 'Huge Blow' for Team

Brazil Forward Firmino Says Elimination From World Cup 'Huge Blow' for Team

Neymar's antics have been one of the more polarising stories of the World Cup, with the Paris Saint Germain star having gained notoriety for his "flopping" during games.

At times in Rostov-on-Don, Belgium looked hamstrung by Japan's pressing tactics and needed more than an hour to unshackle themselves and set about a dramatic come-from-behind victory after falling 2-0 down. "They interrupted our dream but they have not taken it from our heads or our hearts".

Roberto Martinez says that Arsenal legend Thierry Henry deserves huge credit for the work he has done with Romelu Lukaku.

Many in the male-majority crowd donned Brazil's yellow jersey for the occasion, while families watched from their balconies as the sound of drums and vuvuzelas filled the narrow street.

France beat the Selecao in the 2006 edition quarter-finals in Germany, only to reach the final and concede defeat to Italy.

Lukaku was asked for his views on Neymar, and specifically whether he believed the Brazil forward was an "actor" after his controversial reactions to challenges in the games with Serbia and Mexico. In fact, he spent most of his time in Russian Federation on the floor, diving and rolling all over the place in games in an attempt to con the referee.

"These two teams constructed to score and to win matches. Whether that's realistic I don't know, Brazil are an incredible team but there is not one day I go to bed thinking "what if we lose"?"

The victor will play France or Uruguay in the semifinals in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

"We're constantly improving. We just have to step up to another level against Brazil". "Tomorrow [we] will be put to the test because we are going to play against best team in the tournament, the favourite. I think it will be the match of the tournament". If it becomes a match of individual performances we've got no chance.

"Neymar is one of the biggest exponents of. decisive one-versus-one situations, so we'll have to keep an eye on him and allow our players to have a bigger role in the game".

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