ROFL! Neymar Challenge is making people roll all over the world

Florence Fletcher
July 10, 2018

"We'll have to outdo ourselves and give our best, take each match as it comes, and see how far we can go".

Here's the unofficial count for Brazil's quarter-final match against Belgium. The winners will move on to play for the World Cup, while the losers will have to settle for a third-place playoff.

Centre-forward Romelu Lukaku spent much of that game on the right flank, with midfielder Kevin de Bruyne at times operating as a false nine.

Fernandinho scored the 11th own goal of the 2018 World Cup, which is a tournament record.

Neymar sometimes goes too far with his theatrics, according to former Brazil worldwide Julio Baptista.

Unfortunately for Brazil's Neymar his displays are still being talked about - though probably not in the way the world's most expensive player would have wished.

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Belgium's haul of 14 goals is the most by the semi-final stage of a World Cup tournament since Brazil in 2002 (15).

Each semifinal features a team that has won the World Cup as well as a team seeking its first trophy.

The World Cup semi-finals may be an all-European affair but Belgium's unlikely heroes Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli have ensured that at least one part of North Africa has retained a strong interest in the tournament. "He demands a lot of me because he knows I have the potential to do big things". 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.

France defender Raphael Varane: "Belgium are young, but they are maturing".

"Unfortunately our dream has been postponed, and it is very painful for all of us that after so much work and dedication on the part of each player, technical commission, and staff, there is huge pain", he wrote.

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