Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Brazil cruises past Mexico into World Cup quarter-finals

Brazil cruises past Mexico into World Cup quarter-finals

However, they were in a dire situation down 3-0 against Sweden and in danger of being knocked out if Germany found a way to win against Korea. Brazil could play right into their hands. Prior to Monday, Brazil had scored five goals at the 2018 World Cup, so when the match against Mexico kicked off, Brazil was even with Germany. They have been functional and effective, and you can't really ask for much more than that.

After Mexico lost an errant pass in the midfield in the 89th minute, Neymar collected the ball and began running Brazil up the field with a numbers advantage. And I'm hoping for a good game to boot.

Neymar and Firmino were on target as Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in their World Cup last-16 match to earn a quarter-final against either Belgium or Japan.

Brazil quickly looked for a second but Ochoa was keeping Mexico in the game, firstly keeping out a first-time strike from Paulinho from 12 yards before tipping a fizzing effort from Willian over the crossbar. "Brazil is a great team".

He darted across the edge of the area before a flawless backheel released Willian, whose low cross fizzed into the danger area where Neymar slid in to turn the ball home.

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They did have plenty of chances early on, and it was only after a largely frustrating first half for Brazil that Neymar started the move to put his side ahead.

Marcelo will not start against Mexico in the last-16 of the World Cup after picking up a back injury.

The margin became more comfortable with two minutes left when Firmino - just on as a replacement for Coutinho - added the finishing touch after Neymar had led a counter-attack.

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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