Brazil coach defends Neymar


Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said his side "deserve to be heroes" back home after downing five-time champions Brazil on Friday to set up a World Cup semi-final clash against France.Brazil's forward Neymar (R) reacts during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Brazil and Belgium at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on July 6, 2018. "We need to respect them because of what they have achieved".

It's believed the world-record transfer holder will be a favourite for the Ballon d'Or if he leads the Selecao to World Cup glory, something Lukaku seems to be aware of. I don't care. If it's going to be a game of individual performances and just that, then let me tell you right now we have no chance against Brazil. "I didn't think for one minute their hearts would give way", said Martinez.

"These two teams are constructed to score and to win matches".

"I think he is a footballer that has got a level of technical control and ball control a lot higher than people think".

Neymar was widely criticised for his theatrical reaction when he claimed that Mexico's Miguel Layun stood on his ankle in Brazil's 2-0 last-16 victory, but Tite previously said he supported Neymar's view of the incident.

"Weakness in Brazil? Not really", he said.

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Martinez's men put that to bed in style in Kazan, though, matching Belgium's previous best World Cup run when they reached the last four in 1986.

The Manchester United striker has scored four goals at Russian Federation 2018 and mixed them with some more delicate moments, such as the sublime dummy that set up Nacer Chadli's victor against Japan, too.

They will now face France on Tuesday to determine whether or not they will reach their first final.

"The fact that the game against Brazil is defining for our generation is for sure, though".

"Neymar is one of the biggest exponents of. decisive one-versus-one situations, so we'll have to keep an eye on him and allow our players to have a bigger role in the game".