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World Cup 2018: Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 to reach quarter-finals

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Neymar scored one goal and played a key role in the second as Brazil edged out Mexico in Samara to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for a seventh consecutive time.

Brazil did not have it all their own way, especially in an opening period dominated by the Central Americans, but the five-time winners grew into what became a controlled performance.

It means Mexico are once again eliminated at the last-16 stage - as they have been at every World Cup since 1994.

They did have plenty of chances early on, and it was only after a largely frustrating first half for Brazil that Neymar started the move to put his side ahead.

His run across goal and clever backheel won Willian space, and the Chelsea midfielder only needed two touches to drive into box and lay the ball across for the world's most expensive player to slide home.

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

Just moments earlier, Mexico's Jesus Gallardo wasted a brilliant chance when he shot wildly over the crossbar instead of playing in Hirving Lozano.

For much of the second half, Mexico's bright start was just a memory, but Carlos Vela forced a save from Brazil goalkeeper Alisson with his side's first shot on target not long after going behind.

In the match's closing stages they rallied once more, but Brazil defended stoically before doubling their lead on the break through a Roberto Firmino tap-in after Neymar's effort was diverted by the toe of Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

Brazil will face Belgium or Japan - who meet in Rostov-on-Don in the day's second match (19:00 BST) - in their last-eight tie in Kazan on Friday.

But they will be without Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, who will be suspended after being shown his second yellow card of the tournament.

'Embarrassing from Neymar'

Neymar was the centre of attention for the wrong as well as right reasons as a result of his overreaction to a coming-together with Mexico's Miguel Layun inside the final 20 minutes.

While attempting to retrieve the ball, the Mexico full-back stood on the ankle of the Brazilian, who rolled around in apparent agony before receiving lengthy treatment.

He returned to the pitch soon after, showing no ill-effects.

"I'm embarrassed for Neymar," said former England striker Dion Dublin on BBC Radio 5 live.

"He is one of the world's greatest players but when he rolls about on the floor, I just don't get it. Come on young man you're better than that, get on with the game.

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Good reading for Brazil - the stats

  • Brazil have won eight of their nine World Cup matches against North American, Central American and Caribbean nations, conceding in just one.
  • Since the introduction of the round of 16 in 1986, Mexico have been eliminated at this stage of the World Cup seven times - more than twice as many as any other nation.
  • Brazil are unbeaten in 15 matches in all competitions, conceding just three goals.
  • Firmino scored two minutes and four seconds after coming on, the second fastest goal from a substitute at the 2018 World Cup.
  • Neymar has been involved in 20 goals in his past 19 games in all competitions for Brazil, scoring 11 and assisting nine.
  • Neymar has been fouled 23 times at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player.
  • Firmino scored his seventh goal for Brazil - on each occasion it has been their final goal of the game.
  • Neymar has had the most shots (23), shots on target (12) and created the most chances (16) of any player so far at the 2018 World Cup.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Brazil

  • 1Alisson
  • 22Fagner
  • 2Thiago Silva
  • 3Miranda
  • 6Filipe LuísBooked at 43mins
  • 19WillianSubstituted forMarquinhosat 90+1'minutes
  • 15PaulinhoSubstituted forFernandinhoat 80'minutes
  • 5CasemiroBooked at 59mins
  • 11CoutinhoSubstituted forRoberto Firminoat 86'minutes
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 10Neymar

Substitutes

  • 4Geromel
  • 8Renato Augusto
  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Marquinhos
  • 14Danilo
  • 16Cássio
  • 17Fernandinho
  • 18Fred
  • 20Roberto Firmino
  • 21Barcellos Freda
  • 23Ederson

Mexico

  • 13Ochoa
  • 21ÁlvarezBooked at 38minsSubstituted forJ dos Santosat 55'minutes
  • 2Ayala
  • 3SalcedoBooked at 77mins
  • 23Gallardo
  • 16HerreraBooked at 55mins
  • 4MárquezSubstituted forLayúnat 45'minutes
  • 18GuardadoBooked at 90mins
  • 22Lozano
  • 14Javier HernándezSubstituted forJiménezat 60'minutes
  • 11Vela

Substitutes

  • 1J Corona
  • 5Gutiérrez
  • 6J dos Santos
  • 7Layún
  • 8Fabián
  • 9Jiménez
  • 10G dos Santos
  • 12Talavera
  • 17JM Corona
  • 19Peralta
  • 20Aquino
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi
Attendance:
41,970

Match Stats

Home TeamBrazilAway TeamMexico
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home20
Away14
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home6
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Brazil 2, Mexico 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brazil 2, Mexico 0.

Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (Mexico) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hirving Lozano.

Carlos Vela (Mexico) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Brazil).

Attempt missed. Hirving Lozano (Mexico) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses the top right corner.

Booking

Andrés Guardado (Mexico) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Héctor Herrera (Mexico).

Neymar (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brazil. Marquinhos replaces Willian.

Goal!

Goal! Brazil 2, Mexico 0. Roberto Firmino (Brazil) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Neymar (Brazil) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernandinho.

Offside, Mexico. Hugo Ayala tries a through ball, but Carlos Vela is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Brazil. Roberto Firmino replaces Coutinho.

Corner, Mexico. Conceded by Fagner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Thiago Silva (Brazil) because of an injury.

Foul by Jesús Gallardo (Mexico).

Thiago Silva (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brazil. Fernandinho replaces Paulinho.

Booking

Carlos Salcedo (Mexico) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Carlos Salcedo (Mexico).

Neymar (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Willian (Brazil) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Casemiro.

Casemiro (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Héctor Herrera (Mexico).

Willian (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hirving Lozano (Mexico).

Attempt blocked. Andrés Guardado (Mexico) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Carlos Salcedo.

Attempt blocked. Neymar (Brazil) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

Foul by Héctor Herrera (Mexico).

Neymar (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Hirving Lozano (Mexico) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andrés Guardado.

Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Guillermo Ochoa.

Attempt saved. Willian (Brazil) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Filipe Luís.

Miranda (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Mexico).

Willian (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Héctor Herrera (Mexico).

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