Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Brazil beats Mexico, advances to World Cup quarterfinals

Brazil beats Mexico, advances to World Cup quarterfinals

The goal also made Brazil the most prolific team in the history of the World Cup with 227 goals, surpassing Germany - who were knocked out in the first round for the first time since 1938 - with 226.

Neymar's strike and a late second from Roberto Firmino saw a strangely low-key Brazil edge past Mexico 2-0 to book a spot in the World Cup quarter-finals. Willian was the creator as he broke into the area on the left and fizzed in a low cross that was converted on the slide by Neymar at the back post.

But Neymar, sliding in a tandem just behind Jesus, didn't miss, poking the ball into the gaping net with his right foot for his second goal in three games.

It was another painful exit for Mexico, who have failed to play a fifth game at the World Cup since hosting in 1986. It turned out to be pure histrionics.

In a tight game in Samara, Neymar opened the scoring in the 51st minute with a tap-in from close range.

However, in keeping with a series of performances blighted by dramatic playacting in the group stage, Neymar again won himself few friends in Samara by rolling around when gently stepped on by Miguel Layun. "Absolutely, but Layun steps on him".

But the Brazilians will be without Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro for the quarter-final in Kazan on Friday, against either Belgium or Japan, after he picked up a booking.

Mexico's World Cup is over, ending in a 2-0 loss to Brazil on a sultry Monday evening at Cosmos Arena.

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Layun was evidently in the wrong for his actions, but Neymar certainly needed putting in his place.

"This is a game of men that is played with intensity and not with so much clowning".

This year's World Cup had started so promisingly for Mexico.

Neymar cut an isolated figure during Brazil's disjointed start, but he exploded into life after 25 minutes, racing past Edson Alvarez in the area and forcing Ochoa into a smart save with his left hand.

But El Tri's error was losing that final group-stage game 3-0 against Sweden.

The world's most expensive player recorded a goal and an assist Monday. If he does, we should see more of the slick attacking play we expect from Brazil along the way. Tite came to join him.

The victor of this match will instantly become one of the favorites to win the World Cup with Germany, Argentina, Portugal and Spain having already been eliminated.

It can have no complaints about its loss to Brazil, though; the Brazilians were the better team and looked fresher even at the end. "We were maybe not very efficient and we didn't have that extra quality that they had coming to our goal".

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