Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Neymar: Brazil star is PATHETIC and a top-quality ACTOR - Martin O’Neill

Neymar: Brazil star is PATHETIC and a top-quality ACTOR - Martin O’Neill

Neymar has scored in the 51st minute to give Brazil a 1-0 lead over Mexico in the World Cup round-of-16 game at Samara.

Both sides had early chances as Brazil keeper Alisson punched a cross straight to Hirving Lozano, whose shot was blocked by Miranda.

Tite's men are yet to hit full stride at Russian Federation 2018, and on this evidence they still have more to come, but Neymar's 51st-minute goal and Firmino's tap-in after coming off the bench means the tournament favourites progressed with relative comfort in the end, and avoided the early exit that has already befallen the likes of Spain, Germany and Argentina.

Mexico's World Cup run has come to an end. Unfortunately, because of that loss, they'll now have to face Brazil, who are starting to look like the World Cup favorites as of late. The only other time Mexico defeated a South American side in a World Cup match was in 2002 in a victory over Ecuador.

Lucky for us, we have at least one more match in which to witness another classic Neymar flop as Brazil takes on the victor of Monday's Belgium vs Japan match on Friday.

If you're unfamiliar with soccer - Brazilian soccer in particular - you likely were very concerned for Neymar's safety Monday.

Twelve minutes before half-time and Gabriel Jesus worked himself some space in the area, but shot too close to Ochoa, before Jesus Gallardo was on hand to clear the Manchester City forward's follow-up shot off the line.

Brazil maintained the pressure in the second half as Ochoa parried away Coutinho's shot.

The Brazilian talisman started the sequence by walking the ball across the top of the 18-yard box before sliding to Willian with a back-heel pass.

Brazil faced Mexico in a Round of 16 clash in Russian Federation, with Neymar giving them the lead in the 51st minute.

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