Brazil legend Ronaldo calls World Cup media criticism of Neymar diving 'nonsense'

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"As a coach I have a lot of options with this team but I know in my head what I want to do".

The Brazilian superstar was the key man in their 2-0 win but there was no doubting who Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio was talking about, even if he didn't mention his name.

Brazil's knock-out match against Mexico on Monday allowed Neymar to showcase his best performance yet when he was knocked down near sideline around the 71st minute by Mexico's Miguel Layun.

Brazil is heading to the World Cup quarter-finals in Russian Federation after beating Mexico 2-0 in the round of 16. In the second match of the day, Belgium beat Japan 3-2.

The European (and U.S.) press has been largely kind to Osorio during this World Cup campaign, seeing El Tri's performances in Russian Federation as pulsating and gutsy, especially considering that Mexico has no players now at what would could be considered elite clubs.

"They criticize Neymar more than the players who hunt him down over 90 minutes".

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It is the seventh time in a row Brazil made it to the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals. "Is it wrong to feign, to provoke the players in the last third?" "You have to win titles with your team".

While some of their biggest rivals have already fallen by the wayside in Russia, Brazil have been making serene progress towards the latter stages of the World Cup. If we give Brazil a chance, they will take it.

"I think we've been in this position before many times over the last however many years". "We need players like Neymar but not the acting".

After watching holders Germany, Spain and Argentina all exit the competition in the last week in various states of disarray, the Selecao eased into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory against Mexico on Monday.

Neymar went on a counter-attack that drew Ochoa from his goal before finding Roberto Firmino with the finest of touches from the outside of his right boot.

Mexico has now lost in the round of 16 at every tournament over the same period of time, extending its wait for the "quinto partido" - or fifth game - for at least another four years.

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