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Brazil cruises past Mexico into World Cup quarter-finals

04 July 2018

In the end, Mexico leaves Russian Federation with consecutive scoreless matches.

Brazil reached the World Cup quarterfinals after Neymar scored and assisted in a 2-0 win over a Mexico side that saw their "fifth game" curse continue.

The Selecao ended the half stronger with Neymar and Philippe Coutinho forcing Guillermo Ochoa into good saves. Mexico had 13 shots at goal but only one really tested the Brazilian goalkeeper. "They talked a lot but now they're going home".

The game was done and dusted and so was Mexico's World Cup.

With that, Mexico exits the World Cup at an all too familiar stage and will have to wait another four years until Qatar 2022 to have another shot at World Cup glory.

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It was Brazil's 227th goal at the World Cup, meaning they overtake Germany as the all-time top scorers.

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With Brazil looking to hold on to a 1-0 lead through the final whistle, Neymar would instead help his team to an insurance goal in the final minutes of the match.

Neymar broke through Mexico's stern resistance by setting up the opener when his back-heel released Willian.

It began when he darted across the edge of the area before a ideal backheel released the excellent Willian, whose low cross fizzed into the danger area where Neymar slid in to turn the ball home for his second goal of the tournament.

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While his scoring is so often the focus, Neymar also creates goals for his teammates.

That allowed Firmino, a second-half substitute who had come on just two minutes earlier, to tack on an insurance goal in the 88th minute. It turned out to be pure histrionics.

The Mexico full-back appeared to press his studs against Neymar's ankle as he retrieved the ball from between the Brazilian's legs. But not before trying a stamp on Layun himself.

In the second match of the day, Belgium beat Japan 3-2.

But while the Mexicans lost on the pitch, they certainly won on social media.

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Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Germany, the 2014 champions, were in the group as well, but finished last. They caused problems for Brazil, too, initially. When we do have the ball, we try to do what we know we do well. He said video evidence would show Layun had offended but preferred to concentrate on aspects of Neymar's performance. "This should be a game of men and not so much clowning around".

Brazil cruises past Mexico into World Cup quarter-finals