Firmino says Brazil's elimination a 'huge blow'

Tanya Simon
July 10, 2018

Striker Olivier Giroud will keep his starting spot despite not registering a shot on target at this World Cup.

"Well, I don't know what he's going to do, he hasn't told me", De Bruyne intimated.

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.

Varane, who headed home Antoine Griezmann's free kick to open the scoring for France in their 2-0 quarter-final victory over Uruguay on Friday, said he was pleased at how France's relatively young team was maturing as they progressed.

Neymar sometimes goes too far with his theatrics, according to former Brazil global Julio Baptista.

With Brazil's skilful but frustrating Neymar now out, too, the tournament is showing that game-changing players need fully functioning teams around them and can not carry their nations' hopes alone.

Despite being a giant footballing nation, Brazil have not won the World Cup since 2002 and will need their talisman to fare much better in Qatar in four years time.

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Neymar has admitted that suffering elimination from the World Cup with Brazil was the "saddest moment of my career" and claims he is having a hard time "finding the strength to play again".

"We're ambitious and only thinking about winning the World Cup", he explained in his pre-match press conference.

"I think Madrid have interest in him, but I do not know about any offers or any potential bids but it would be almost impossible to sign a player who can sell a lot like him".

"It is a fantastic generation and in order to beat them we will have to play a great match".

Asked if he thinks Neymar is the player with the most talent after Lionel Messi, Xavi continued: "Right now, yes".

France take on Belgium next Tuesday (7pm) with England facing Croatia 24 hours later.

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