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The Neymar Challenge Has Fans Around The World Dramatically Falling Down

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Brazil, the overwhelming favorite to win the World Cup, has been knocked out, and now the tournament is wide open

Neymar says Brazil's World Cup elimination in Russian Federation is the saddest moment of his career and it will be hard to get back to playing soccer again.

"It's like playing in the school playground and you have a 16-year-old playing against the 11-year-olds", Ferdinand told BBC Sport.

Belgium's quarter-final battle with Brazil will be a classic encounter between an unstoppable force and an immovable object when the tournament's joint best defence comes up against its most free-scoring attack in Kazan on Friday.

This World Cup also spelled the beginning of the end of the Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo era.

"And then you see the third goal and only Kevin De Bruyne can do what he did".

Belgium stretched their unbeaten run to 24 beating Brazil 2-1 and coach Roberto Martinez believes his team can do even better in the semifinal against France. While he is already the front-runner to win the Golden Boot at World Cup 2018, he can also become a strong Ballon d'Or contender if he guides his nation to ultimate glory in Russian Federation.

This year's World Cup has seen Neymar up to his antics more than usual resulting in quite a lot of criticism from competing nations and whatnot.

The goals have dried up a little for Lukaku the past two games but he's still in for a shout at the Golden Boot award as he scored four goals in his first two games.

England manager Gareth Southgate, meanwhile, believes that Russian Federation has signalled something of a changing of the guard at the top of the game, with the last two world champions, Germany and Spain, going home early.

Fred did not make an appearance during Brazil's World Cup campaign as he failed to fully recover from an ankle injury.

But there is also much more to France than Mbappe's champagne skills and the enterprise of its other young players like Pavard. With high drama in the knockout stage, too, this World Cup is going from great to greater.

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