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Fabregas throws shade at Neymar after Hazard masterclass for Belgium

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Cesc Fabregas aimed a swipe at Neymar after Belgium knocked Brazil out of theWorld Cup with a 2-1 victory.

Brazil had 59 per cent of the possession in the quarter-final clash but were consistently caught on the break by Belgium’s all-star front three, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.

However, it was an own-goal from Fernandinho which broke the deadlock in Kazan before Manchester City’s De Bruyne doubled Belgium’s lead with a stunning long-range strike before half-time.

Hazard continued to cause Brazil’s defence all sorts of problems after the break, while Neymar, who has been heavily criticisied in Russia, produced an underwhelming display.

Second-half substitute Renato Augusto pulled a goal back for Brazil but Roberto Martinez’s side held on for a famous win the reach the semi-finals.

The result meant that Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have all been eliminated from the tournament. Hazard, meanwhile, still has the chance to lift the trophy in Moscow on July 15.

Following Belgium’s win, Fabregas threw shade at Neymar by suggesting that his Chelsea pal had overtaken the Brazilian as the third best player on the planet.

Despite once being a team-mate of Neymar at Barcelona, Fabregas retweeted this message…

Brazil boss Tite defended Neymar after Brazil’s elimination from the World Cup.

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‘Neymar has almost reached his top level,’ Tite said following Brazil’s defeat on Friday evening.

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