Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

John Aldridge Lays Into 'Cheat' Neymar Following World Cup Exit

John Aldridge Lays Into 'Cheat' Neymar Following World Cup Exit

They have everything they need to be a great team and they are a great team.

"Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of all, interrupted our dream but they did not get out of our head and neither of our hearts".

And while we're on the subject of Neymar: This could have been the World Cup where he made a move from No. 3 in football's superstar hierarchy to No. 1. Even though Lukaku did not have the desired impact for Chelsea, he credits Drogba for helping to shape him as a player. "I felt that we had the match in our hands".

After a penalty shootout-win over Colombia lifted the nation's World Cup curse, the Three Lions swept Sweden aside to set up a semi-final showdown with fellow surprise-packets Croatia.

France vs. Belgium promises to be the pick of the two semifinals, because both teams are rapier-quick, packed with talent, favour open, attacking play and have outstanding players - Mbappe for France, Kevin de Bruyne for Belgium - who can make a difference. I think for me they are an example for any young player who wants to play the game.

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Every world cup has had its dark horses.

Belgium have been the better attacking side of the two teams, generating an average of 2.33 xGF, almost double that of France's (1.26 xGF).

The 25-year-old picked up an ankle injury on the eve of Brazil's World Cup campaign following a clash with Casemiro during training at Tottenham's base, ensuring the former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder failed to make an appearance in any of their five games in Russian Federation. With only one loss under him, the five-time world champions arrived in Russian Federation among the main title favorites.

Before Brazil's quarter-final game, a Swiss TV station did a quick study on Neymar's antics and found the star had spent a total of 14 minutes on the ground through four matches.

Overall, 42% of goals in the World Cup have come from set plays or penalties, beating the previous record of 36% from the 1998 World Cup. Pele scored a hat-trick against France in the semi-final of that tournament, the last teen to score in the last four of the competition.

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