Brazil knockout Mexico to reach World Cup quarter-final

Andres Guardado Mexico press conference World Cup 2018

The PSG forward slid home in the second half and then teed up Roberto Firmino late on as the five-times champions beat an otherwise stubborn Mexico, whose World Cup began with such promise with a victory over champions Germany, but ended in familiar fashion in the first knockout round.

Brazil sealed their quarter-final place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Monday as they dispatched Mexico 2-0 at the Samara Arena in Russian Federation.

But Neymar is still dreaming of leading Brazil to glory, and his side take on Mexico in the Volga river port city of Samara (1400 GMT).

Neymar broke the deadlock in the second half when he tapped in after a slick one-two with Willian carved the Mexico defence open.

Minutes after the restart Brazil took the lead in exquisite fashion with Neymar starting and ending the move.

Neymar went close in the 25th minute as the attacker drifted past Edson Alvarez before seeing a shot blocked by Ochoa, while Gabriel Jesus was not too far away with a left-footed volley from inside of the area.

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Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio, meanwhile, made only two changes to the side that suffered a 3-0 defeat to Sweden in their final match, giving 39-year-old Rafael Marquez his first start of this World Cup.

Brazil: Alisson 6, Fagner 6, Silva 5, Miranda 6, Luis 6, Casemiro 6, Paulinho 5, Willian 8, Coutinho 5, Neymar 8, Jesus 5.

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.

Brazil endured a frustrating opening 45 minutes as they head into the halftime break with the score level at 0-0 against Mexico in their round of 16 tie.

Neymar powered through and his low effort was diverted into the path of Firmino, who had the simple task of tapping into an empty net. Coutinho scored twice in the group and Neymar had a goal and an assist in the final two matches.

After their slow start it was ultimately no more than the Selecao deserved, as their bid for a sixth world title marches on.

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