Fellaini does what Ronaldo, Messi or Neymar can't

World Cup 2018: Is Belgium's golden generation finally about to deliver?

World Cup 2018: Is Belgium's golden generation finally about to deliver?

While the inclusion of Fernandinho, who had a good season with Manchester City, may offer more fluidity than Paulinho, although Casemiro's suspension means that Paulinho will probably keep his place.

But Ronaldo called on critics to be more objective and said referees were not providing sufficient protection for Brazil's No. 10.

Will Roberto Martinez's big-name players go all the way in Russian Federation?

Eric Dier's spot-kick gave England their first-ever win on penalties at a World Cup at the fourth attempt - ending the jinx that has dogged them for so long. "You just can't underestimate a player of his calibre".

"Our transitions were really quick", said Brazil coach Tite after their 2-0 defeat of Mexico on Monday night and he was half right.

Neymar was criticised for his early performances in Russian Federation as he eased his way back to fitness after a broken foot bone, but he carved open a tough Mexican defence without quite reaching his dazzling best.

Brazil defender Thiago Silva, meanwhile, heaped praise on Neymar, who returned to playing only shortly before the tournament following an injury layoff of more than three months.

Neymar was involved in an incident when he reacted in apparent agony to being stood on by Miguel Layun before being back on his feet moments later.

"I'm very happy with my performance but even more so with the team's victory", he said. "I haven't talked to the press, because I don't want controversy", he said in the post-game press conference Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio had earlier slammed Neymar for his attitude, although he refused to name him specifically. "I am here to win and I hope I can improve". I can always improve. "Today I feel much better, I am very happy for today's match, I congratulate the whole team for the work, the effort, we are getting better and better".

However, with his side trailing 2-0 and seemingly crashing out of the World Cup in a huge shock, Martinez reacted just in time to save Belgium's chances of lifting the World Cup for the first time.

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