first_imgMexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio slammed the Brazilian team for their theatrics on the field during their 2-0 victory over his side in the Round of 16 fixture of this year’s World Cup in Russia on Monday.Brazil started the game on the back foot as the Mexicans played pacey football with Hirving Lozano on the flanks and looked dangerous. But, after 20 minutes, the game slowed down and the Brazilians slowly came back in the game and started grabbing it by the scruff of the neck.The first-half remained goalless and it was anybody’s game to take in the second at the Samara Arena when the second-half kicked off. But, the five-time champions came all guns blazing and Neymar scored in the 51st minute after finishing off a wonderful move he started with little help from Willian, who also had a brilliant game.World Cup 2018: Neymar trolled again despite heroics vs MexicoEl Tiri boys tried their best to go level and they were kept in the game by their goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who made stunning saves to deny the Brazilians. Trying to play through Lozano via counter-attacks, their game was to hit the Selecao’s on the break but their momentum was broken each time they looked to attack the Allison guarded goal. Brazil’s stars led by Neymar, suffer a lot of fouls and at times it gets out of hand. Neymar has suffered the most number of fouls in this World Cup (23) and today was no different.Mexico’s last 16 jinx at World Cup continues: Stats and factsadvertisementSo, the Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi was cautios and awarded the Brazilians a lot of free-kicks and Osorio feels that it disrupted Mexico’s flow.”Stats say we had 53 percent possession. I think we controlled the game mostly and unfortunately – and it is a shame for football – we wasted a lot of time because of one player,” Osorio said.”We lost our style in the second half because of the refereeing style. There were too many stoppages,” he added.World Cup 2018: Brazil, Belgium in quarter-finals, Japan go down fightingIn particular, Osorio referred to an incident in the 72nd minute when Neymar clashed with Mexico substitute Miguel Layun on the touchline. With Neymar already on the ground, Layun appeared to step on the Brazilian’s ankle with Neymar writhing theatrically in response. Rocchi decided against punishing either player but Osorio was left angry with the amount of time taken up by the incident. World Cup 2018: With Neymar already on the ground, Layun appeared to step on the Brazilian’s ankle in the 72nd minute with Neymar writhing theatrically in response (Reuters Photo)World Cup 2018: I’m a Brazilian and I don’t give up, says Neymar”There was a four-minute stoppage at one point and this is a very negative example for the world of football and all the children who are following the game,” said an irritated Osorio.REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS”This should be a strong sport, a man’s sport. I think there shouldn’t be so much acting. This had an impact on our pace,” the Mexican coach added.The 56-year-old also suggested his team had a specific plan in dealing with Neymar but that it went out of the window due to the referee’s handing of the match.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”We wanted to play fair and just mark him and for the first 20 minutes and we did a good job,” he said.”We did a 50/50 challenge and got a yellow card (for Edson Alvarez) so then we changed it to Layun so we wouldn’t get another yellow card (for Alvarez). We wanted just to play and compete,” said Osorio.However, Brazil coach Tite was unsurprisingly supportive of Neymar and dismissed accusations of playacting, while preferring to talk about his improving side, who seem to be finding their rhythm after a third successive 2-0 victory.”The team still has to grow,” he said. “I wanted to repeat the standard of the last match and grow and that happened.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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