Neymar stars as Brazil beat Mexico to reach last eight

Jo Caldwell
July 3, 2018

Brazil became the all-time leading goal scorers at the World Cup in Monday's 2-0 win over Mexico.

Despite an early round dive that got plenty of attention, he topped himself during Brazil's knock-out match against Mexico on Monday.

Germany finished bottom of Group E after opening the World Cup with a defeat to Mexico.

For Brazil Neymar had an effort palmed away by the outstanding Guillermo Ochoa.

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The last time these two met in a match, it was Brazil who registered a 2-0 victory over Mexico.

Ochoa's resolve was finally breached through Neymar, who tucked home Willian's cross with an outstretched leg on 51 minutes.

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.

With the result, Brazil booked a place in the quarterfinals against either Belgium and Japan in the day's other last 16 game in Rostov Arena.

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

The Mexican shot-stopper was called upon once again 10 minutes later, this time keeping out a strike from Gabriel Jesus as Selecao upped the tempo.

Not that the switch slowed down the five-time world champions, though, with Coutinho nearly breaking the deadlock three minutes into the second half with a well-struck effort that Ochoa was forced to beat clear to safety.

Paulinho nearly doubled the lead before the hour, but his shot inside the box was kept out by the excellent Ochoa, who then had to tip Willian's fizzing drive over the bar.

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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.

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