World Cup: Brazil sees off Mexico to reach quarters

After a goalless first half, Neymar soon gave Brazil the lead

Second-half goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino have earned Brazil a 2-0 victory over Mexico in Monday’s World Cup last-16 tie in Samara.
After a goalless first half, Neymar soon gave Brazil the lead before substitute Firmino put the game out of Mexico’s reach during the closing stages.
Tite’s team progress through to the quarter-finals where they will face the winner of the tie between Belgium and Japan.
Both teams showed their intent to break the deadlock with Philippe Coutinho being superbly denied by Ochoa and Mexico’s Jesus Gallardo advancing from the halfway line before curling over the crossbar from distance.
Moments later, Brazil went in front.
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.
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 after good work from Fagner before then tipping a fizzing effort from Willian over the crossbar.
Up the other end, Hirving Lozano had a shot diverted by Alisson but as the game head into the final 10 minutes, that was as good as it got for Juan Carlos Osorio’s team in the final third.
Their frustration continued into the closing stages and Brazil made sure of victory with two minutes of normal time remaining as Firmino tapped home from close range after Neymar’s toe-poke had been saved by Ochoa.

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