Neymar, Roberto Firmino Push Brazil Past Mexico at 2018 World Cup

03 July, 2018, 02:33 | Author: Judy Cobb
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Neymar scored one and assisted another as Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in the World Cup last-16.

The talented Brazilians were by far the stronger team in the match, but Mexico had chances to make it more of a game.

Neymar's talent is undeniable - he tallied a goal and an assist in Brazil's 2-0 win over El Tri - but he won't win anyone over with his flopping antics.

The World Cup match between Brazil and Mexico will be broadcast live on Fox.

Brazil had to wait until the 88th minute to put the match to bed as Neymar was the architect, crossing for Firmino to tap the ball home.

Hirving Lozano's half-volley was well blocked by Miranda, while at the other end, Ochoa was equal to Neymar's powerful drive from just outside the penalty area.

Rafa Marquez made history before kick-off in the round of 16 fixture, becoming the first outfield player to be included in the starting lineup at five World Cups, before he was substituted at half time.

Belgium and Japan face off later in the day, with the victor facing Brazil on Friday.

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.

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.

Paulinho should have doubled that advantage in the 59th minute, but Ochoa was once again equal to his whipped strike from 12 yards, while the over-worked goalkeeper also tipped over Willian's powerful effort four minutes later.

Neymar can lead Brazil to glory here in Russian Federation, but to maximise the Selecao's chances he needs to link up with his team-mates in that fashion.

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