#WC2018: Big guns primed for quarter-final battles

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Neymar and Firmino should terrorize a poor Belgian defense, but I'm still not sold Brazil will survive the weight of expectations as long as Belgium can match them score for score and at least force extra time.

The Paris St-Germain star was however, roundly criticised after his exaggerated reaction to a Mexico player stepping on his leg.

Liverpool's friendly at Chester is "highly unlikely" to be changed to avoid a clash with England's World Cup quarter-final against Sweden, the non-league club's chairman has said.

The world's most expensive player has been instrumental for Brazil, contributing 1.24 Expected Goal Involvement (xGI) per 90 to the team, and is averaging 0.81 xG per 90 in front of goal himself.

"He simulates situations and he makes the a lot of them, something which doesn't belong to football". "I am against all these opinions (on Neymar acting)".

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo came out in support of his countryman Neymar on Wednesday as criticism mounted against the pundits who have condemned his diving but ignored the play-acting of other players. I think they have the quality. When people repeatedly hit me I would feel a sense of unfairness.

Opponents tend to play a very physical game against Neymar, who sometimes ups the antics to compensate.

Top stat: Oscar Tabarez's men have won their opening four games in Russian Federation, becoming the first Uruguay side to do so at a World Cup tournament since 1930 - and the fourth game in that run was a 4-2 victory over Argentina in the final.

Neymar has, by several accounts, spent around 14 minutes on the ground during this World Cup, and so his team and coach have sought to tamp down the criticism and mockery. "For fans' comfort we chose to organize an additional space to watch the games near the Spartak stadium", Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote on Twitter.

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