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04 July 2018, 08:29 | Charlene Valdez
Neymar was being defended by many in Brazil, especially because he has been playing well and is helping the team succeed at the World Cup, but he continued to be loudly criticized internationally for his antics.
Roberto Firmino struck late after coming on as a second half substitute to help Brazil claim a 2-0 win over Mexico in the South American Derby on Monday afternoon.
Cool, well played, but at what point does this guy have to answer for his ridiculous on-field behaviour? Belgium are not champions yet, but they look most likely to be amongst the teams left in the World Cup.
"In the World Cup you want to be flawless but it's about getting through, it's about winning", Martinez said.
Belgium were emphatic in the second half, but right before Chadli's goal, Japan actually had a short spell of dominance. Brazil has reached that stage at every World Cup since 1994.
Thomas Meunier (c) celebrates with teammates after creating Belgium's late victor vs. Japan.
Neymar was criticised for his early performances in Russian Federation as he eased his way back to fitness after a broken foot bone, but he carved open a tough Mexican defence without quite reaching his dazzling best.
It is no secret that if you want to win trophies, you have to first and foremost defend; it is impossible to stress how important it is for winning that a side refuses to concede goals.
But Silva is confident Neymar will emulate the recent feats of his other Paris Saint-Germain clubmates Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe who scored two goals each in their pre-quarterfinals against Portugal and Argentina.
Despite cruising through qualification, Martinez hasn't always had an easy ride from a Belgian public unhappy with his treatment of discarded midfielder Radja Nainggolan, or even from his own players as Kevin De Bruyne criticised his tactics in a 3-3 friendly draw with Mexico in November.
"We were able to play quite a balanced game and I think that says a lot about us and our style".
The statement was published hours after the Brazil-Mexico match, Monday.
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