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Neymar is mocked in hilarious memes after ‘dramatic’ backwards dive in the penalty area in Brazil VS Costa Rica

Neymar is mocked in hilarious memes after ‘dramatic’ backwards dive in the penalty area in Brazil VS Costa Rica
24 Jun
9:03

Neymar is the latest player to become a World Cup meme after his spectacular backwards dive against Costa Rica only narrowly failed to win his side a penalty.

The Brazil star went down easily in the penalty area after barely even a tug from defenders, flopping on his back to claim a foul with 12 minutes left. 

Referee Bjorn Kuipers was initially convinced and pointed to the spot, but after consulting the VAR screen he reversed his decision. 

Social media users mocked Neymar for his acrobatics after he seemed to appeal for the penalty before he had even finished falling to the floor. 

Neymar goes down theatrically as he appeals for a penalty in Brazil’s game against Costa Rica

The referee initially pointed to the penalty spot after Neymar went down in the area

Neymar’s side however picked themselves up to score two late goals and beat Costa Rica 2-0, bouncing back from an opening-round draw against Switzerland. 

The PSG forward finished the game off himself in injury time when he volleyed in from Douglas Costa’s pass to seal the three points for his side in St Petersburg. 

One Twitter user called it an ’embarrassing dive’ and another said he ‘just feels gravity more than others’. 

Another wrote there were ‘actors less dramatic than Neymar’.  

The BBC’s Match of the Day account compared it to Rivaldo’s theatrics in 2002, when the Brazilian clutched his face after the ball struck his leg. 

Bookmaker Paddy Power compared it to Del Boy falling through the bar in a classic scene from sitcom Only Fools And Horses.  

On Wednesday Iran player Milad Mohammadi became a meme when he mistimed an attempt at a spectacular somersault throw-in. 

The substitute’s effort was all the more bizarre because his side were in desperate need of a goal with just seconds of injury time remaining against Spain.  

The referee's video-assisted review is shown on the big screen at the St Petersburg stadium

The referee's video-assisted review is shown on the big screen at the St Petersburg stadium

The referee’s video-assisted review is shown on the big screen at the St Petersburg stadium

Neymar remonstrates with referee Bjorn Kuipers after he reversed his penalty decision 

Neymar remonstrates with referee Bjorn Kuipers after he reversed his penalty decision 

Neymar remonstrates with referee Bjorn Kuipers after he reversed his penalty decision 

 

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5874547/Neymar-mocked-hilarious-memes-dramatic-backwards-dive.html

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