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Neymar stars as Brazil beat Mexico to reach last eight

03 July, 2018, 02:30 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Philippe Coutinho | In a team with no dearth of talent in midfield Coutinho has emerged as the squad’s star in the group stages. The Barcelona superstar has scored twice in Brazil’s three games so far and also picked up an assist. His goal against Sw

After sparking Germany's humiliating World Cup exit by beating the defending champions 1-0 in their opener, Mexico are now threatening Brazil's bid for a sixth World Cup. They have been functional and effective, and you can't really ask for much more than that.

And if he gets a helping hand from Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi when it comes to monitoring Brazil star Neymar, Mexico's Colombian coach would not say no. And I'm hoping for a good game to boot.

Second-half goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino saw Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals in Samara on Tuesday.

Brazil has always been the most successful team in World Cup history, having won five editions of the tournament, one more than both Germany and Italy.

Brazil had to wait until the 88th minute to put the match to bed when Neymar was the architect, crossing for Firmino to tap the ball home.

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After Mexico had spurned an early half chance when Miranda got in the way of Hirving Lozano's goalbound strike, it was Brazil who then created the better openings before the break, Sky Sports reports. Upsets in this tournament have already claimed the last two World Cup finalists and the last two World Cup winners.

Brazil's forward Neymar (left) scores a goal during their 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 2, 2018. The Chelsea midfielder then brought the ball into the area on the left side and sent a low left-footed cross past Mexican defender Miguel Layun to the front of the goal, where a sliding Gabriel Jesus just missed getting a foot on it.

He made 20 saves at this World Cup.

A dejected Jesus Gallardo of Mexico sits by himself on the pitch after El Tri were eliminated from the 2018 Fifa World Cup by Brazil.

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