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

Neymar stars as Brazil prove too much for gallant Mexico

Neymar stars as Brazil prove too much for gallant Mexico

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.

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.

The problem for Neymar here is that he's built a reputation as arguably the best actor in the world, and he's writhed in pain and done barrel rolls down the field in an attempt to draw fouls and cards multiple times over the last two weeks.


Mexico were the dominant force in the opening 20 minutes in Samara, but they were unable to make their superiority count and eventually allowed their muted opponents to scrap their way into the game.

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

Despite a shaky start, Brazil are on track to win a record sixth World Cup and Tite is taking no chances against a Mexico side showing real promise on their march to a seventh consecutive place in the last 16. Neymar, who had earlier writhed around in apparent agony after Layun appeared to touch his ankle, burst through and prodded past Ochoa for Firmino to finish the game off - and Mexico with it.


Jesus, 21, has yet to score on his World Cup debut.

Coming into the game on the back of rave reviews for his dives and rolls in the World Cup group stage, Neymar didn't rest on his laurels and pulled off some more stunning stagecraft against Mexico.

Brazil: Alisson 6, Fagner 6, Silva 5, Miranda 6, Luis 6, Casemiro 6, Paulinho 5, Willian 8, Coutinho 5, Neymar 8, Jesus 5.


Neymar's back-heel on the edge of the area teed up the Chelsea man for a burst into the box and his scuffed cross was slid into an empty net by the Paris Saint-Germain forward, who had ghosted in unmarked at the back post.

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