Overreaction Theatre: Belgium avoid glue factory

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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.

Please no more 'Belgium are my dark horse tweets'. They are not dark horses, they are cantering in wearing flashing neon lights. #BEL #ALG — James Masters (@Masters_JamesD) June 17, 2014

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'.

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

To the pundits that said Belgium were (yawn) "dark horses" was this the one you had in mind? #BELvsALG #WC2014pic.twitter.com/lWApheO61L — Des Kelly (@DesKellyBTS) 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

The dark horses seem to have their blinkers on! #algeria1up — Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) 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.

The moment you realise Marouane Fellaini has scored more World Cup goals than Wayne Rooney!!pic.twitter.com/3lASz8XPdi — The Football Jester (@FootballJester) June 17, 2014

Which begs the question, who exactly are this year's dark horses? Brazil's opponents Mexico of course! (Until everyone jumps on that bandwagon, making it impossible for them to be dark horses etc.)

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

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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.

Neymar isn't in tears because of the anthem, he's crying because he's just seen his haircut. #BRA — Mark Litchfield (@IAmTheLitch) June 17, 2014

And with the tears flowing, what better time to pull out a ridiculous non-look-a-like?

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