The subject of Neymar diving (‘simulating’ as they say these days) isn’t a new one.
A player blessed with great talent, he is always in danger of that talent being overshadowed by his cheating in both club and international football.
For both Barcelona and PSG his playacting has been repeatedly highlighted, whilst on Friday night (early hours of Saturday morning in UK time), it was his latest episode for Brazil that was in the spotlight.
Rather than the storyline being about his 57th goal in 91 appearances for his country, instead the headlines were all about an incident involving DeAndre Yedlin.
The Newcastle defender was clearly see saying to the referee ‘Did you watch the World Cup?'(see below) as the official pulled up the USMNT player for a foul on Neymar, Yedlin’s reference to the fact that the Brazilian was embarrassingly writhing on the ground, going totally over the top.
Neymar himself has now responded to the incident and what DeAndre Yedlin said, NBC reporting that the Brazilian answered:
“I don’t have much to say but I feel sorry for him (Yedlin).
“I don’t know him and so I don’t have any reason to worry about him.”
The Mag – 8 September 2018:
Neymar is obviously a brilliant player but even in friendlies he can’t take a break from the playacting.
Friday night saw Brazil playing in New Jersey, a star studded side up against a youthful USA team looking to rebuild after a dismal World Cup qualifying campaign for Russia.
Newcastle United’s DeAndre Yedlin is now the USA’s most experienced player in the team, the 25 year old having now 53 caps after this Brazil match.
Having drawn 1-1 with eventual winners France before the World Cup, in their last friendly, the USMNT were hoping to add tp that promising result.
They actually ended up losing 2-0 but gave a good account of themselves, especially DeAndre Yedlin who was up against Neymar for 80 minutes before the winger was subbed.
Firminio scored on 11 minutes and then Neymar made it 2-0 just before the break, the 26 year old now with a remarkable 57 goals in 91 games for Brazil.
However, no fault for Yedlin in this one as it was one of is teammates who gave away the penalty that Neymar scored from.
As one small example of Brazil’s strength and range of options (see team below), Everton’s £40m+ signing Richarlison made his first international appearance last night.
(Brazil team v USMNT – Alisson, Fabinho, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva (Vital da Silva 80), Filipe Luís, Fred (Ramos de Oliveira Melo 60), Casemiro, Coutinho (Tolentino Coelho de Lima 71), Douglas Costa (Willian 61), Roberto Firmino (Richarlison 75), Neymar (Sousa Soares 80))
DeAndre Yedlin battled well all game against Neymar, using his pace to limit the winger’s impact, the Newcastle defender also able to get forward a number of times, especially in the first half, to help create some dangerous moves of their own.
One spot of light relief 20 minutes in, saw Yedlin spoken to by the referee, as Neymar theatrically ‘suffered’ after a tackle, the Newcastle defender replying to the referee ‘Did you watch the World Cup?’, in reference to the over the top playacting we saw this summer.
Yoo Yedlin has me dying over here, making fun of Neymar and his dives.
“Did you watch the World Cup???”
— Roger Gonzalez (@RGonzalezCBS) September 8, 2018
Next up for DeAndre Yedlin and his teammates is another tough game, home to Mexico on Tuesday.