Brazil face ‘tricky’ Mexico in Round of 16

Lynette Rowe
July 2, 2018

Brazilian streets erupted after their national team clinched a 2-0 victory over Mexico to book a place in the World Cup quarterfinal courtesy of Neymar and Roberto Firmino second half strikes.

With the match going back and forth, the victor came on 51 minutes off a lovely bit of play by Neymar.

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

Brazil secured victory when Neymar turned provider in the 88th minute, finding Firmino in the box and the Liverpool forward made no mistake. Neymar has 11 goals and nine assists in his last 19 games for Brazil.

The Brazilians took the lead in the all-time World Cup goals tally when Neymar tapped in a cross from Willian to put the Selecao ahead in the 51st minute. It turned out to be pure histrionics.

One incident in particular caught the attention, with Neymar reacting dramatically after apparently having his foot trodden on by Miguel Layun when the ball was dead. But not before trying a stamp on Layun himself.

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Meanwhile Brazil, the favorites to win the competition, extended its unbeaten run to 15 games and will now prepare to face Belgium or Japan in the last eight.

It was Mexico's seventh consecutive loss in the first knockout round at the World Cup, meaning that once again the team failed to reach the elusive quinto partido, or fifth match. Defending champion Germany arrived with 224 total. They caused problems for Brazil, too, initially.

Otherwise Brazil are unchanged, Manchester City striker Gabriel leading their attack in front of Willian, Philippe Coutinho and Neymar. He described his future as "irrelevant" adding only that, "We just lost a very important match".

It was the first knockout game in this tournament not to have a goal in the first half but the 20th overall to be scoreless at the half. Brazil could play right into their hands. And I'm hoping for a good game to boot.

During the win over Costa Rica in the group stage, Neymar tried to win a penalty by flopping to the ground in the area.

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