Neymar "can go too far" with exaggeration, says Baptista

Virginia Santiago
July 11, 2018

"We're ambitious and only thinking about winning the World Cup", he explained in his pre-match press conference. Two very impressive teams technically. They have everything they need to be a great team and they are a great team.

"We've strived to be as good as we could be at global level and it's taken us two years to get there".

It's without a doubt the best opportunity for Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard to win a major global trophy. Each team netted a goal in extra time, leading to another penalty shootout with Croatia narrowly coming out on top and putting an end to Russia's dream World Cup showing. "We've been able to win in both roles". In terms of a World Cup, its greatness can be defined many ways, by its teams, its players, its goals, its games.

The surprise defeat has not deterred the CBF and, according to local media reports, the governing body has offered Tite a contract extension until the 2022 when Qatar will host the next World Cup.

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If the 26-year-old Brazilian did not set the World Cup alight, neither did he perform terribly. Brazil won the match 4-0.

But they're out, leaving the odd quartet of France, Belgium, Croatia and England.

The Manchester City man scored a stunning goal as the Red Devils beat tournament favourites Brazil 2-1 to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup. What was Neymar up to at this World Cup?

Neymar scored his 56th and 57th worldwide goals during the tournament in Russian Federation. To put this in perspective, Belgium's biggest chance - which fell to Vincent Kompany from a corner just before half time - had a 15% probability of resulting in a goal.

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However, Umtiti popped up with the game's telling moment early in the second half, nodding the ball home to score his third global goal.

Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 14 games for Belgium (8 goals, 6 assists).

These two have looked the best two teams in the tournament.

"What we didn't have was worldwide experience, the know-how of winning a World Cup, the know-how of being a footballer, how you are expected to perform in front of the world and knowing how you feel in those moments", Martinez said on Monday.

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