Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has taken a swipe at Neymar after his club teammate Eden Hazard masterclass display during Belgium 2-1 victory over Brazil in the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter-final on Friday night.
Selecao made 26 attempts on goal during the match in Kazan, only seven of which were on target but Red Devils were consistently caught on the break by Premier League trio Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.
Manchester City star Fernandinho headed into own net from Nacer Chadli corner before Kevin De Bruyne doubled Belgium’s lead with a superb 20-yard finish as Brazil trailed going to the break.
Former PFA player of the year Hazard continued to cause Brazil’s defence all sorts of problems after the break, while the most expensive player in the world Neymar been have heavily criticisied for performance in Russia.
Second -half substitute Renato Augusto pulled a goal back for Selecao with 14 minutes remaining but Red Devils managed to hold on for a famous win to reach the semi-finals in Russia and the first time since 1986, and only the second time overall.
Fabregas was not called into Spain World Cup squad threw shade at his ex-Barcelona teammate by suggesting that Hazard had overtaken the Brazilian and Ligue 1 star as the third best player in world football at the moment.
The third best player in the world. It’s done. The debate is over. pic.twitter.com/hoQYeUcC5J
— ¹⁰ (@PrimeHazard) July 6, 2018
Belgium will face France in the last four of the competition on Tuesday at Saint Petersburg Stadium.