Neymar Shines To Lead Brazil Into World Cup Quarter-Finals
2018 World Cup Report: Brazil v Mexico 02 July 2018
2018 World Cup
Result: Brazil 2-0 Mexico
Date: 02 July 2018
Venue: Cosmos Arena
Neymar bagged a goal and an assist to inspire Brazil to a 2-0 win over Mexico, which secured their spot in the quarter-finals at the 2018 World Cup.
Selecao coach Tite only made one change to the side that defeated Serbia in the last group game, with Felipe Luis starting instead of Marcelo, who was named on the bench.
It was the Mexicans who looked more threatening in the opening 15 minutes, with Carlos Vela and Hirving Lozano causing a number of problems down the flanks.
Brazil carved out the game's first real chance after 25 minutes as Neymar eliminated two players in the box before seeing his close-range strike kept out by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
The Mexican shot-stopper was called upon once again 10 minutes later, this time keeping out a strike from Gabriel Jesus as Selecao upped the tempo.
However, the final 10 minutes of the first stanza failed to provide any clear-cut openings as the sides went into the break level pegging.
Neymar eventually broke the deadlock for Brazil five minutes into the second stanza with an out-stretched finish at the far post following a low cross from Willian.
Willian almost got the second goal for Seleção in the 63rd minute with a blistering strike from just inside the box but Ochoa crucially tipped the ball over the bar.
Tite’s charges were controlling the match well with 20 minutes to go as the Mexicans looked drained following a lively first half.
The pace of the match was beginning to slow down heading into the final 15 minutes, while Tite introduced Fernandinho for Paulinho to close up shop.
Roberto Firmino, also on as a late substitute, sealed the match for Seleção two minutes before time with a simple finish into an empty net after Neymar had teed him up at the far-post.