Brazil beats Mexico 2-0 to reach World Cup quarters

Brazil beats Mexico 2-0 to reach World Cup quarters

Brazil's Neymar, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring against Mexico (in green, orange) in their round of 16 match at the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia. Willian darts towards the goal and centers the ball low, finding Neymar just completing his break to send home the first goal of the game. Neymar, who had earlier writhed around in apparent agony after Layun appeared to touch his ankle, burst through and prodded past Ochoa for Firmino to finish the game off - and Mexico with it. Neymar streaked down the left side and found Roberto Ferminho down the middle who stabbed in the game's second goal to seal the 2-0 win.

Shocks, mishaps and curiosities have arguably defined this World Cup so far but the tournament needs Neymar. It turned out to be pure histrionics. But not before trying a stamp on Layun himself.

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

But after dominating the first 20 minutes of an entertaining opening period, Brazil came back into the match, bossing the final stages of the half.

Rafael Marquez believes Mexico paid the price for a poor ending to their Group F campaign with Monday's last-16 defeat to Brazil in Samara.

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Neymar's dispute with Layun unfolded as the Mexico substitute tried to recover the ball.

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Second best for 24 minutes, Brazil and Neymar finally stirred into life in attack with the Paris Saint-Germain forward forcing Guillermo Ochoa into a decent stop before Gabriel Jesus' shot was blocked.

"I think it's a shame for football", Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said of Neymar's antics.

Brazilian soccer Neymar may be one of the world's biggest soccer stars. "This should be a game of men and not so much clowning around".

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. Fresh among tiring legs, Firmino was able to evade the defense to get in the right place to score the second goal.

Neymar, though, still led the celebrations, charging toward the corner flag. Upsets in this tournament have already claimed the last two World Cup finalists and the last two World Cup winners.

It can have no complaints about its loss to Brazil, though; the Brazilians were the better team and looked fresher even at the end.

Brazil will take on Belgium in a mouth-watering quarter-final encounter on Friday.

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