Brazil knockout Mexico to reach World Cup quarter-final

Brazil knockout Mexico to reach World Cup quarter-final

Brazil knockout Mexico to reach World Cup quarter-final

The goals made Brazil the World Cup all-time scoring leader with 228 goals, surpassing Germany with 226.

Samara, RussiaNeymar flaunted his flair and his theatrics with a goal and an assist Monday to lead Brazil into the quarterfinals at the World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Mexico.

"We played toe-to-toe against a team like Brazil and that speaks very well of Mexico's posture and attitude", Osorio said in his news conference after the game.

A sixth World Cup crown is there for the taking and an engaged Neymar is looking like the best player still alive in the tournament.

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar once again became the butt of jokes on social media when he seemingly overreacted when Mexico's Miguel Layun stepped on his ankle in the second half. But not before trying to step on Layun.

He had been Brazil's greatest threat in the first half and he had scored the opening goal in the second, unlocking the Mexican defense with an astute backheel and then tucking in Willian's low cross.

There were 16 teams going into this stage, but now Neymar and Brazil have ensured that Mexico will not be moving forward.

Neymar had a rather strong reaction to it, some of which could have been motivated by the interest of drawing attention to the incident.

After the game, Osorio pointed the finger at Neymar for setting a poor example with his "acting", but Tite insisted his man was the victim on this occasion. They caused problems for Brazil, too, initially.

However, with his side trailing 2-0 and seemingly crashing out of the World Cup in a huge shock, Martinez reacted just in time to save Belgium's chances of lifting the World Cup for the first time.

But El Tri's error was losing that final group-stage game 3-0 against Sweden.

For Brazil Neymar had an effort palmed away by the outstanding Guillermo Ochoa. A video review reversed the decision to award a penalty kick and Neymar's frustrations a few minutes later led to a yellow card.

However, Brazil did manage to double their score late on when Neymar broke the offside trap, before squaring for Firmino to tap home from two yards out.

Yet he answered a number of questions with a much more positive display and a decisive finish early in the second half from a move that he had started himself, although his propensity for histrionics were again in evidence.

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

Brazil advanced to a Friday quarterfinal in Kazan, Russia, against the victor of Monday's Belgium-Japan game.

"We'll always have a line-up that at very least will have five attacking players, or four attackers and two false nines such as Hector [Herrera] and we know what players we have from the midfield".

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