It seems that most people are pretty tired of the 'dark horse' tag being pinned on Belgium.
Before the Red Devils met Algeria in Belo Horizonte, a backlash against the football hipsters choice for the World Cup was already brewing.
It's even getting to the point where people are pointing out the problem with people pointing out the problem with Belgium being labelled 'dark horses'.
You know what's happening now? Too many people are pointing out the fallacy of people calling Belgium dark horses. Nauseating.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) June 17, 2014
Whatever, as Eden Hazard and co. went 1-0 down to Algeria, the glee in the Twittersphere was palpable.
HT: Dark Horses 0-1 Pitch Black Horses — Mike Keegan (@mikekeeganbbc) June 17, 2014
Dark horses? Dark donkeys more like. — Andrew Allen (@AAllenSport) June 17, 2014
Dark horses on their way to the dark glue factory? — Jonathan Wilson (@jonawils) June 17, 2014
Of course, they roared back, staved off that trip to the glue factory and remain on course to qualify from the group stage. In fact the only surprise was the identity of their saviour.
Like the look of Mexico. They were the better team tonight and could be dark horses — Lee Barratt (@LeeGallows) June 17, 2014
Are Mexico dark horses for WC?? Played some great football!!
— Kevin Metcalfe (@Kmet90) June 17, 2014
However, it might already be too late.
My StepDad said Mexico are his dark horses slightly worrying that they are now on four points in that group and in a good position
— Eliott Ben Hawkhead (@EliottHawk_) June 17, 2014
Neymar was again centre of attention in Brazil as the forward shed tears during a rousing rendition of the national anthem before that game against Mexico.
However, the Barcelona star's passion for his nation was not universally acclaimed for what it was - a heart-rending display of emotion from someone who knows exactly what this World Cup means to his country - and instead his crying provided a great opportunity for some mockery by certain social media users.
The band drowned in Neymar tears. Fantastic #Bra
— Mr Homes of Football (@HOMESofFOOTBALL) June 17, 2014
Neymar will have 77 tears, 893 dives, 39 complaints, 56 rolls on the ground. That's my prediction. — Chris XG (@CXG22) June 17, 2014
And with the tears flowing, what better time to pull out a ridiculous non-look-a-like?
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