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Ref duped by Neymar play-acting, Mexico coach says

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Mexican dude deliberately trod on his ankle, so then Neymar uses it as a chance to waste a few minutes. Both of 'em were out of line. Layun should have been carded, Neymar was just embarrassing, as was the rest of his team in the 2nd half.

Willian was superb though, Brazil's best player so far I'd say.

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I made excuses for Neymar's petulance in an earlier game but I'm not going to do that now. His over-reaction to the pretty feeble stomp by Layun was just embarrassing. Thiago Silva stayed down for equally little reason around the 80-minute mark but at least that guy knows how to act.

A pity, because otherwise Neymar did some nice things. I agree that Willian was BOG. Can't see how Belgium is going to beat a Brazil team in this kind of form - and they didn't even have Marcelo.

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This kind of crap is yet another reason why soccer will never really catch on in North America, at least the men's game. It's embarrassing for a grown man to act that way- there really should be some remedy in the form of suspension or expulsion. Not to mention, who would want such a manbaby on their team? If a hockey player acted like that, they would be laughed off the ice and out of the league.

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Oh please...every player on the field over-reacts or downright fakes being pushed, tripped, touched, hurt. It's as ingrained in the sport as fighting is in ice hockey.

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If they find a player diving and flopping over no or little contact on the VAR they should red card 'em.

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What an insufferable diva he is. No wonder there were tensions in the PSG (and barca before) dressing room between him (and the brazil 'clan') and his teammates. Toxic bloke.

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Any player who writhes around in pain like Neymar does, should be made to leave the field for 5mins to receive treatment.

this would soon stop all the theatrics

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Sam: the difference is that fighting in hockey is manly, and follows a kind of warrior's code. Diving in soccer is cowardly and craven. Any hockey player who acted like Neymar would be shunned and shamed by his teammates.

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I think it should be made clear that shameful displays like this does not happen in all football, if you people saw Belgium - Japan last night you'd realize that stuff like this most certainly isn't ingrained in the sport, nor something everybody does. They proved its entirely possible to play fairly and play well at the same time.

As for this, we just need the refs to start stepping in and booking players when they do this. A simple yellow card for Neymar would have banned him from the quarterfinal, and been a great punishment.

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ClippetyClopToday 08:34 am JST

Mexican dude deliberately trod on his ankle, so then Neymar uses it as a chance to waste a few minutes. Both of 'em were out of line. Layun should have been carded,"

LOL...the guy is a total drama queen and I loved how Layun stepped on him surreptiously...it was brilliant as was the over the top wailing and reaction

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LOL...the guy is a total drama queen and I loved how Layun stepped on him surreptiously...it was brilliant as was the over the top wailing and reaction

I know he is. Which is why my next words were...

Neymar was just embarrassing, as was the rest of his team in the 2nd half.

You should keep reading what people say, instead of just picking the bits out that get you fired up. And why would you 'love' Layun stepping on any player? You think that's brilliant? All it did was waste valuable time and put him at risk of a red card.

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ClippetyClopJuly 3 08:11 pm JST

LOL...the guy is a total drama queen and I loved how Layun stepped on him surreptiously...it was brilliant as was the over the top wailing and reaction

You think that's brilliant? All it did was waste valuable time and put him at risk of a red card"

The brilliant bit was the surreptitiousness! That took skill.

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