Brazil prevailed over Mexico by a scoreline of 2-0 to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Brazil started out nervily, with Mexico doing well to neutralise the threat posed by their fellow Latin Americans. But, Neymar laid out a ball to Willian, who used his pace to get past his marker before crossing the ball in a dangerous position. Gabriel Jesus missed the chance, but Neymar was there to latch on to it and open the scoring for Brazil.
Roberto Firmino rounded out the score soon after, giving Brazil a neat cushion. Neymar though, was in the headlines for the wrong reasons again. The PSG star seemed to have been the subject of a very feign touch on his ankle from an opposition player. But, the Brazilian screamed in agony, exaggerating the impact.
This did not go down well with the onlookers, who took to Twitter to vent their frustration at Neymar’s antics.
The ‘World Cup star’ role is wide open with Messi and Ronaldo home already, although some experts have tapped Neymar, sending him tumbling to the turf, writhing in agony.
— Pundamentalism (@Pundamentalism) July 2, 2018
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) July 2, 2018
Neymar is pathetic.
— Matthew Lewis (@Mattdavelewis) July 2, 2018
— Mi12on⚽️ (@miltonthegr8) July 2, 2018
Neymar be like: pic.twitter.com/zSI776q9fv
— Pikachu (@RealPika) July 2, 2018
Professor: The only way you can skip the exam is if you have a serious injury
— Karim Ismail (@karimxismail) July 2, 2018
Neymar could be a movie star, we Stan
— Vania Fernandes 🇵🇹 (@vaniafernandes) July 2, 2018
— Rodrigo Jiménez S. (@jimenezroy) July 2, 2018
— Alf Garnett (@MrAlfredGarnett) July 2, 2018
Neymar might be world class , but that man is an embarrassment to the beautiful game , just a complete disgrace.
— Humberto Rodriguez (@Humbe99) July 2, 2018
Mexico will at least go out of the tournament with their dignity unlike @neymarjr. Absolutely disgraceful
— Sergi De Anda (@Sergi2016) July 2, 2018
Neymar such a talented football player will only be remembered for being a rolling, cheating, playacting joke.
— Dodgy Dave (@davidelson_) July 2, 2018
Some though, wanted to look at the positives or shut the naysayers down, so to say.
You’d think Neymar was one of the worst players in this tournament the way his haters talk about him. pic.twitter.com/xBG4FTZeql
— Brazil Football 🇧🇷 (@BrazilEdition) July 2, 2018
— ℭᵃʳᵒᴸ 🦄 (@K_rol1n4) July 2, 2018
To the all who is making memes & making fun of Neymar , He was already injured & Mexican player did this , it’s easy to judge but only he knew how he felt , after that he slowed down a bit because of pain . Y’all ignore the fact Brazil won bc of him.#BRAMEX#Copiedpic.twitter.com/YHlr7OWZzS
— Azlan (@AzlanAasif) July 2, 2018