Brazil cruises past Mexico into World Cup quarter-finals

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Mexico's last-16 misfortunes have often come down to the finest of margins

Neymar picked up the ball wide and then ran straight nearly parallel to the goal, drawing away Mexico's defenders with him.

Brazil's forward Neymar (R) scores a goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 2, 2018. Tite had suggested on Sunday that it will take another four or five games for Neymar to be at his best after recovering from the metatarsal injury that had, at one stage, threatened his full participation in the tournament. Brazil finished fourth in the cup in 2014, but crashed out in the quarterfinals in 2006 and 2010. After South Korea defeated Germany in the final game of the group stage, videos went viral of the Koreans and Mexicans celebrating the elimination of Germany together. The goals made Brazil the World Cup all-time scoring leader with 228 goals, surpassing Germany with 226.

Brazil will face the victor of Belgium-Japan on Friday in the quarterfinals.

He scored the opening goal at the Cosmos Stadium as his brilliant back heel to Willian bamboozled El Tri's defence, allowing the Chelsea man to tee Neymar up for a simple finish at the back post.

Brazil defeated Mexico on Monday to earn a spot in the 2018 World Cup quarterfinals.

Brazil seemed rattled by Mexico's pace early on but they settled down and picked the Mexicans apart in the second-half with Neymar scoring in the 51st minute, putting the finishing touches to a move started by him, before he set up substitute Roberto Firmino late on to put Mexico out of their misery. The game was done and dusted and so was Mexico's World Cup.

Osorio was forced to change his right-back to Miguel Layun but the veteran couldn't control Neymar in the second period, with the attacker's interplay with Willian irrepressible at times. "He is a magnificent player", said Shearer, who is working in Russian Federation for Britain's BBC.

Brazil secured victory when Neymar turned provider in the 88th minute, finding Firmino in the box and the Liverpool forward made no mistake.

"If we want to be able to dream about winning the World Cup we have to be able to beat any opponent", said the Porto player. "We will need to play an incredible game tomorrow and continue to live the dream". "It's obvious", Layun said.

"Neymar is improving in this aspect", said Tite afterwards of the discipline his player showed, within the match's natural confines at least.

"We played toe-to-toe against a team like Brazil and that speaks very well of Mexico's posture and attitude", Osorio said in his news conference after the game.

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