With 20 minutes left to play, Mexico’s Miguel Layun stepped on Neymar’s balky ankle. It was sold as an accident and went unpunished. It may not have been an accident.
Neymar had a rather strong reaction to it, some of which could have been motivated by the interest of drawing attention to the incident. Some of it could have been broad artistic license to explore the space.
Eventually, he got up and got even, setting up a Roberto Firmino goal to seal Brazil’s spot in the quarterfinals.
A sixth World Cup crown is there for the taking and an engaged Neymar is looking like the best player still alive in the tournament.