The World Cup continues to deliver, as we were treated to two intriguing fixtures yesterday.
First up Brazil took on Mexico and the writing was always on the wall for the Mexicans, who had been knocked out in the round of 16 in the last 6 World Cups. This record became 7 in a row, as Brazil managed a 2-0 victory thanks to their star man Neymar (£13.12). Neymar grabbed the first goal and then set up Roberto Firmino (£3.02) late on to wrap up the match.
It seems as though Neymar just can’t help stealing the limelight and the Brazilian striker rustled up plenty of controversy with his theatrics after having his ankle “stepped” on by Mexico’s Miguel Layun (£0.78). Layun May well have intended to wind up Neymar and while the intent was certainly there, Neymar’s reaction was over the top to say the least. Neymar’s theatrics were so much so, that he was able to oust Mo Salah (£8.39) from top spot on the Media Buzz. The Egyptian had been looking good for the buzz, following the signing of a new £200,000 a week contract, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be for Salah. Neymar’s reaction guaranteed plenty of Buzz and traders holding the Brazilian wonder will have been laughing all the way to the bank! With a Media Buzz win, coupled with the best striker and overall player award, Neymar is definitely going to be a stronghold throughout the rest of term tournament.
Next up we had Belgium taking on Japan and the Golden generation of Belgium snatched victory from the Jews of defeat after sealing a stunning 3-2 comeback win practically the last kick of the game!
During a thrilling second half, Japan’s Haraguchi (33p) and Takashi Inui (66p) both grabbed a quick-fire double to give Japan a stunning 2-0 lead. Inui, in particular, has looked very impressive this tournament and having joined Betis for the new season, it will be interesting to see how he performs in La Liga next season.
Belgium’s Jan Vertonghen (£1.88) managed to half the deficit on the 69th minute with a looping header! This seemed to spark the Belgians into life and Belgium manager Roberto Martinez pulled off some amazing super-subs! First Fellaini (£0.88) grabbed a header to equalise and then Nacer Chadli (£0.88) grabbed the winner with practically the last kick of the game. Chadli finished off from a decisive Belgian counter-attack and broke Japanese hearts in the process.
The Japanese may well have crashed out, but they can leave with their heads held high, as they have been another entertaining side in what is panning out to be one of the most entertaining World Cups ever! With England taking on Colombia today, their promises to be plenty more drama to come.