Brazil vs. Uruguay: Fan Reactions to Confederations Cup Semifinal
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One of international soccer's greatest rivalries received a new chapter as traditional powerhouses Brazil and Uruguay went head-to-head in this year's edition of the Confederations Cup.
With superstars such as Neymar, Hulk, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez on display, the matchup of CONMEBOL's elite lived up to the hype.
The action took off with a first-half penalty miss from Uruguay legend Diego Forlan, who missed from the spot following a foul in the box from Chelsea man David Luiz.
Brazil was quick to rebound, as they took the lead with a 41st-minute goal from Fred, who volleyed home a Neymar rebound.
Uruguay responded shortly after halftime as Brazil displayed some lackluster defense in their own third, leading to a Cavani strike.
With extra time looming, Brazil was able to put the game away following a headed effort from Paulinho, who rose up to head Neymar's corner home.
However, despite a back and forth affair, the main talking point of the game had little to do with goals, as social media focused in on the theatrics of Brazil's resident superstar, Neymar.
After a seemingly harmless battle with Uruguay's Walter Gargano, Neymar jumped away clutching his face, drawing the wrath of social media:
Neymar is such a great player but his diving annoys me. Because this isn't really helping argue against the FACT that barca players dive.— Hich Moore #NYRB (@nyrbhicham11mr) June 27, 2013
That Neymar dive from earlier looks like a FIFA glitch.— James Halfpenny (@JamesHalfpenny) June 27, 2013
Just seen Neymar's dive Loooooooool,That guy could get dropped by a mild breeze #OscarWorthy— Mahdii (@Mahdii_Me) June 27, 2013
why do all the best players in the world dive and act like little girls? Ronaldo, Neymar, Bale, Suarez! only one who doesn't and thats Messi— ©allum (@CalShepCCFC) June 26, 2013
Neymar: “Diego Lugano says I dive? He who has a mouth speaks what he wants. This will not hurt me.”— FC Barcelona Fl (@FCBarcelonaFl) June 27, 2013
Come on neymar, there was no need to dive. Your game should be fair play.— Arman (@armanhehehe) June 27, 2013
While diving has become a part of the game, the theatrics of Neymar are hard to justify.
However, Brazil will have to hope Neymar's skills with the ball can match his skills for flopping, as a tough test against a European giant, likely Spain, is just around the corner. Neymar is the straw that stirs the drink for the Selecao, and they will need another big game from him if they hope to win the Confederations Cup on home soil.
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