Brazil beats Mexico, advances to World Cup quarterfinals

Giant killers with an expiry date Can Mexico break their quarter-final duck against Brazil

Brazil will now face the winners of Belgium and Japan in the quarterfinals, though Casemiro will be suspended after picking up a yellow card in the second half.

The PSG forward slid home in the second half and then teed up Roberto Firmino late on as the five-times champions beat an otherwise stubborn Mexico, whose World Cup began with such promise with a victory over champions Germany, but ended in familiar fashion in the first knockout round. In the end, Mexico leaves Russian Federation with consecutive scoreless matches.

Their strategy was to have three players - Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez and Hirving Lozana on the half-way line when Brazil enjoyed the possession.

Following that, they lost to Germany (1998), United States (2002), Argentina (2006 and 2010), Netherlands (2014) and this time to Brazil.

Neymar scored the first goal shortly after halftime to give Brazil a 1-0 lead.

Just like they did with their superbly-worked opening goal.

Having made a slow start at the finals after recovering from a broken metatarsal, Neymar looked somewhere close to his best against Mexico - an assessment Tite endorsed.

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.

Mexican Miguel Layun came to take the ball and sneakily put his toe on Neymar's ankle.

Will Neymar continue Brazil's march toward glory, or will Mexico's underdog run progress further?

More news: Holders Germany knocked out of World Cup 2018

Neymar scored one goal and created another as his increasingly impressive Brazil side overpowered the Mexicans 2-0 in sweltering conditions.

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

The world's most expensive player sent Brazil on their way to World Cup victory over the Central American team with his goal.

Reaction: Neymar scared by a ghost?

'It's a man's sport and there shouldn't be so much acting.

Opportunity arose for Hector Herrera in the 21st minute, but the defender took one touch too many when a first-time effort would have threatened.

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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"Being able to play at such a level against a team like Brazil really shows that Mexico is a good team", Osorio said.

"Us attackers have to score the goals because we know that we are very strong at the back".

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