Neymar shines as Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 to reach quarter-finals

Neymar shines as Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 to reach quarter-finals

Neymar shines as Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 to reach quarter-finals

It looked like Neymar's game - or even his World Cup - could be over with 20 minutes to go. Brazil could play right into their hands. They were eliminated Monday, losing 2-0 to Brazil in round 16 after advancing past the group stage of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. They have been functional and effective, and you can't really ask for much more than that.

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

Brazil roared in the World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday as Neymar shone with a goal and an assist that dumped the central Americans out at the last 16 stage for the seventh straight occasion.

Brazil is undefeated in 4 matches against Mexico in the World Cup, keeping 4 clean sheets against them.

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Neymar's reaction drew criticism as he squirmed on the ground for minutes afterward, only to be able to jog back into action when play resumed.

The breakthrough came shortly after half-time when Willian fired in a unsafe cross from the left after speeding past Ayala, with Neymar sliding in behind team-mate Gabriel Jesus to poke Brazil in front.

Mexico and Brazil kick off 2018 World Cup soccer games on Monday in the highest profile knockout stage game thus far.

The world's most expensive player opened the scoring six minutes into the second half after excellent approach play by Willian, the Paris Saint-Germain forward's sixth goal in World Cup history.

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Brazil has always been the most successful team in World Cup history, having won five editions of the tournament, one more than both Germany and Italy.

Neymar's breakthrough goal early in the second half moved Brazil onto 227 goals, one more than Germany, who had held the record with 226.

"I think if we want to dream of winning the World Cup, we have to be beat any opponent".

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