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Neymar joins Messi and Ronaldo in Kazan mural club

KAZAN, Russia: It has been a busy World Cup for Kazan’s mural artists and in the early hours of Thursday morning they were back at work again painting the face of Neymar on a wall behind the Brazil team hotel. The Brazil forward, in Kazan for Friday’s quarter-final against Belgium, is the third footballer to receive the honor with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi having already been immortalized on the city walls. While the images of Ronaldo and Messi were cheek-by-jowl near the Ramada Hotel…

Ronaldo defends Neymar as English also accused of diving

SOCHI: Former Brazil striker Ronaldo came out in support of his countryman Neymar on Wednesday as criticism mounted against the pundits who have condemned his diving but ignored the fakery of other players. Neymar has been slated, especially in Britain, for diving, rolling and exaggerating fouls. Mexican coach Juan Carlos Osorio made a reference to “too much acting” and former internationals Alan Shearer, Pat Nevin, Peter Schmeichel and Eric Cantona were among those who criticised Neymar’s theatrics during the first…

Uruguay beat Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in World Cup last 16

SOCHI: Edinson Cavani scored twice as Uruguay shattered Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup dream with a 2-1 victory over Portugal here Saturday. Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani curled home a superb 62nd-minute winner to settle a thrilling second round duel in Sochi which sends Uruguay into a quarter-final against France next Friday. Cavani had already put Uruguay in front early on, only for Pepe to head Portugal level in the 55th minute in a thrilling contest that was not the battle of attrition many predicted.…