Brazil exit saddest moment of my career - Neymar

Brazil exit saddest moment of my career - Neymar

Brazil exit saddest moment of my career - Neymar

And it ruled him out of Brazil's final warm up game before the World Cup.

The incident appears to have taken place after the five-time champion Brazil lost to Belgium 2-1 on Friday in Kazan, Russia. Had the right-back been aged 31 and playing in his fourth World Cup like the careworn Lionel Messi, instead of 22 and playing in his first, perhaps Pavard wouldn't have dared to attempt the sliced, long-distance strike. A typically sumptuous strike proved decisive from the Manchester City star, who was the best player in Pep Guardiola's record-breaking side last season. Pele scored a hat-trick against France in the semi-final of that tournament, the last teen to score in the last four of the competition.

World Cup games can be defined by the quality of the play, the drama or what is at stake.

France welcome back Blaise Matuidi, who returns after serving a suspension of his own during his side's 2-0 win against Uruguay in the quarter-finals.

The Real Madrid defender said winning the 2018 World Cup would not be easy, in a tournament where "there are no favourites" since "all the remaining teams are strong".

He said: "I think it's a bit disrespectful of them to be confident because their record in this tournament is better than ours, they've played better teams than us and our record against them is really, really poor".

Even for England, they have progressed into the semi-finals of the World Cup for only the third time, having also done so in 1966 and 1990. "In the national team we do different things".

But they're out, leaving the odd quartet of France, Belgium, Croatia and England. The 2018 World Cup was fortunate to be served up on the second night by the Iberico Clasico - a 3-3 tie between Spain and Portugal, featuring a hat trick by Cristiano Ronaldo.

"In general terms and physical, the team flew in".

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