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

World Cup last-16 match report Brazil v Mexico, 02 July 2018

World Cup last-16 match report Brazil v Mexico, 02 July 2018

The match was put beyond doubt in the 88th minute when Robert Firmino poked the ball home after he was setup by Neymar.

Substitute Firmino wrapped up the win with a simple last-minute finish as Tite's side advanced to their seventh straight World Cup quarter-final, where they will face either Japan or Belgium in Kazan on Friday night.

Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico): The keeper made a string of impressive saves, particularly in the first half, to keep his side in the game and has been outstanding throughout the tournament.

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.

As the game neared the half hour mark, Mexico slightly let the intensity off and Brazil took its chances but it wasn't enough to bring about any change in the scoreboard.

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If you're unfamiliar with soccer - Brazilian soccer in particular - you likely were very concerned for Neymar's safety Monday. Hello and welcome to the Round of 16 match between five-time champions Brazil and Mexico.

Brazil (4-2-3-1): Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Joao Miranda (capt), Filipe Luis; Paulinho, Casemiro; Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar; Gabriel Jesus. Neymar started the move by playing in Willian, who advanced into the penalty area before delivering a low cross to the back post where Neymar was able to slide in and convert from three yards.

As Mexico threw bodies forward in search of a late leveller, Brazil took full advantage of the gaps in their backline to score a second with two minutes remaining.

They were up against a Mexican XI determined to advance to the quarter-finals after seven successive defeats at World Cups in the last 16.

After their slow start it was ultimately no more than the Selecao deserved, as their bid for a sixth world title marches on.

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