Brazil 2-0 Mexico: Brazil beat Mexico to reach quarter-finals

Brazil Neymar celebrates with Paulinho after scoring the opening goal.
Brazil Neymar celebrates with Paulinho after scoring the opening goal.

Brazil thundered in the World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 triumph over Mexico on Monday as Neymar shone with a goal and a help that dumped the central Americans out at the last-16 organize for the seventh straight event.

The PSG forward slid home in the second half and afterward teed up Roberto Firmino late on as the five-time champions beat a generally willful Mexico, whose World Cup started with such guarantee with a triumph over champions Germany however finished in recognizable design in the main knockout round.

It was the seventh World Cup running that Brazil have achieved the last eight, where they will now confront Belgium or Japan, while Mexico have not made it to that phase since they facilitated the competition in 1986.

Mexico, who appreciated an advantageous recent record against Brazil having won seven of their past 15 matches against them, were a danger on the counter in the 1st half however then faded without ever truly being put to the sword.

A glaring spotlight had been on Neymar after his opening 3 performances saw him miss a reiteration of shots, as often as possible misuse possession and spend awfully long on the turf.

However he addressed various inquiries with a considerably more positive display and complete early in the second half from a move that he had begun himself, in spite of the fact that his affinity for theatricality were again in prove.

Minutes after the restart Brazil led the match in stunning design with Neymar beginning and ending the move.

He dashed over the edge of the area before a flawless backheel released Willian, whose low cross bubbled into the danger region where Neymar slid in to turn the ball home.

It was a gagging blow for Mexico, who had been the better side for the opening thirty minutes, pegging Brazil back and making a few half possibilities.

Brazil needed to hold up until the point when the 88th minute to put the match to bed as Neymar was the architect, crossing for Firmino to tap the ball home.

They should manage without cautious midfielder Casemiro in the quarters, in any case, after he grabbed his second booking.