It’s a European revolution at this World Cup

Grant SmithJul 10, 2018

"We'll have to outdo ourselves and give our best, take each match as it comes, and see how far we can go".

It was Brazil's exit - not Argentina's, not Spain's, not even Germany's - which created the greatest feeling of possibility at this World Cup for nations who haven't historically scalped the heights on the world's biggest sporting stage. "Everyone knows I can score with every chance provided to me in the box, but the individual doesn't count here".

Fred suffered an ankle injury at the start of June during a training session with Brazil and was subsequently named as a substitute for all five of his side's matches at the World Cup.

And it ruled him out of Brazil's final warm up game before the World Cup.

Brazil's conquerers Belgium will now face France next week for a place in the World Cup final - meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Brazil manager Tite will remain in his post despite the disappointing tournament performance.

Neymar, who only just recovered from a metatarsal injury in time to play in Russian Federation, spoke of his pride in his team-mates, who failed to emulate Brazil's achievement of reaching the semi-finals in 2014. Exhibit A: The contender for goal of the tournament scored for France by Benjamin Pavard against Argentina.

He told the crowd: "I see a lot of Brazilian flags: Have courage!" 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.

"I don't care where I play", said Kevin de Bruyne, Belgium's totem. Although Neymar must be infuriating to play alongside at times, he's always looking to get on the ball and make the difference for his team.

France defender Raphael Varane: "Belgium are young, but they are maturing".

Leading up to Russian Federation 2018 the questions being asked revolved around the three players regarded as the best on the planet: Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar.

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