Neymar, Brazil head home early - again - with many questions

Stars for Russia 2018 World Cup

Neymar suffered 26 fouls in five World Cup matches and was tackled 14 times.

While his call-up to the World Cup squad was to be expected, Chadli would have been a shock inclusion in the squad even if he had not missed most of the season for West Bromwich Albion because of injury. There is some kind of football anti-incumbency going on with the big teams getting eliminate against the so-called smaller opposition. 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.

That all the four teams in the semifinals are European begs for a call for inward soul-searching from the rest of the world and that burden alone lies with the rise of showbiz rather than teamwork.

Similarly, Brazil were hot favourites in Brazil versus Belgium.

But into the vacuum, a new star: France's 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, likened to the great Pele after he burned through Argentina, scoring two goals and winning a penalty in a 4-3 victory for Les Bleus.

The question arises: Will we see a new victor in this year's Fifa World Cup or at least a new finalist?

Born in Etterbeek to Moroccan parents, Fellaini is an established member of Belgium's golden generation.

France, Belgium, England and Croatia have proved to be formidable in Russian Federation. But we will be ready because we have an extremely good state of mind, and it is the semi-finals in the World Cup.

But when you talk about great World Cups, none will likely surpass the 1970 tournament in Mexico when four of the seven knockout games featured comeback wins - including West Germany-England in the quarterfinals and Italy-West Germany in the semifinals - and the tournament was won by Brazil, the greatest of all World Cup champions.

Tite has impressed the world as one of the most assured and measured coaches at this World Cup and he will surely be in demand.

So what are the odds that can happen?

An own goal from Manchester City's Fernandinho gave the Red Devils the lead in the 13th minute before his fellow club teammate, Kevin De Bruyne fired a thunderous shot to the left corner of Alisson's goal post to keep them two goals up in the first half.

Belgium will go on to play France in the semi-final, with the victor going on to meet one of Sweden, England, Croatia or Russian Federation.

The winners will move on to play for the World Cup, while the losers will have to settle for a third-place playoff.

The Chelsea winger showcased his individual skill numerous times against Brazil, especially with a mesmerizing dribble from wide in the second half, and the statistics showed that all 10 of his dribbles in the game ended with his team still in possession.

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