The pain of loss to Belgium very great, says Neymar

He has good players around him, but we have those too. "We'll have to outdo ourselves and give our best, take each match as it comes, and see how far we can go".

Neymar scored his 56th and 57th global goals during the tournament in Russian Federation. This Belgium team have also scored their 14th goal, now a record for most goals by Belgium at a World Cup, beating the 12 scored in 1986.

"In 2014 Brazil tried to use the emotion of Neymar's injury to beat Germany (lost 7-1)", tweeted British journalist Paul Hayward after Brazil was knocked out of Russian Federation 2018 by Belgium.

Brazil's and Paris Saint-Germain striker, Neymar, has branded his country's quarterfinal exit at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation as "the saddest moment of his career".

In the 2nd semi-final, Croatia will face England.

Shearer echoed the sentiment of the majority of football fans, who were disappointed to see a player of Neymar's calibre constantly attempting to deceive the referee with gamesmanship.

Whoever makes it through today's last two games will be through to the semi-final matches, which will then follow next week.

France, Belgium, England and Croatia have proved to be formidable in Russian Federation. All veterans of the last World Cup in Brazil, and with a deep pool of experience from their combined 266 appearances for Les Bleus, they were game-changers in the 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Uruguay that moved 1998 World Cup-winner France into its first semifinal since 2006. "I've always believed and I just generally am wrong".

"I'm happy to have been decisive (by scoring)".

"Well, I don't know what he's going to do, he hasn't told me", De Bruyne intimated.

"He's helped me grow a lot as an individual player, he's made football easier", he admitted. I think he's set to be the next big superstar as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are coming to the end of their careers.

Vanessa Coleman

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