Colombian who broke Neymar and Brazil's hearts retires

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Despite being left out of the Belgium squad after a poor Premier League season with Crystal Palace, Benteke saw the chance to poke fun at Brazil by using snaps of former Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho.

Neymar might be one of the best football players around but his talents on the pitch go beyond that and the 2018 World Cup has afforded football fans front row seats on what he is capable of on the biggest stage in football.

Neymar was at the centre of attention on Monday, scoring the first and assisting the second either side of a dramatic reaction to an off-the-ball altercation with Miguel Layun.

Brazil forward Neymar has defended himself against accusations he over-acted after a challenge during the 2-0 World Cup last-16 win over Mexico, saying: "I just feel the pain".

After his team beat Austria 3-0 in a warm-up friendly, Tite lauded his players for only conceding eight free-kicks.

Neymar has had an unspectacular World Cup so far, although by no means unproductive.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have dominated the game for the past decade, have gone home, their hopes of ever winning the World Cup probably over.

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Jesus, meanwhile, has failed to score in any of Brazil's games but the assistant said the 21-year old was still an integral part of a team that is getting better with each game and now moves into a quarter-final game with either Belgium or Japan.

While the debate in Mexico tends to center around whether incoming Mexican federation president Yon de Luisa (who has now officially replaced Decio de Maria) will be looking to keep Osorio or not, the Colombian's ambitions may well lie beyond El Tri regardless.

Brazil has booked a spot in the quarter-finals for the 7th straight World Cup. "Is it wrong to feign, to provoke the players in the last third?"

"In the World Cup you want to be ideal but it's about getting through, it's about winning", Martinez said. I just have to play football, help my team, I came to win, not for something else.

"We were able to play quite a balanced game and I think that says a lot about us and our style". It is noteworthy that the last two goals against Japan were scored by players who came on as a substitute.

After a return to its training base in Sochi, Brazil heads back north to Kazan for Friday's quarterfinal match.

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