Neymar shines as Brazil beat Mexico to reach World Cup quarters

Osorio promises Mexico will attack 'best in the world' Brazil

"I knew that I was going to need some time to get back to my normal pace, but today I feel much better", said Neymar, who now has two goals at this year's World Cup.

Brazil stormed into the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup after recording a 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday evening.

With the match going back and forth, the victor came on 51 minutes off a lovely bit of play by Neymar.

For Mexico, the defeat is no doubt a big disappointment for a talented group of players and millions of fans around the country who, after a promising start to the tournament, had dared to dream that El Tri could go farther in Russian Federation 2018 than the team had ever gone before. It turned out to be pure histrionics. He converted a cross from Willian to open the scoring in the 51st minute, then slid a pass across the 6-yard box to a charging Roberto Firmino in the 88th minute to secure the result. But not before trying a stamp on Layun himself.

Substitute Nacer Chadli scored with the last kick of the match, sending Belgium into the quarter-final - where they'll meet Neymar and co.

With Brazil appearing to gain the upper hand as the first half wore on, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio opted to bring on fresh legs in the form of Miguel Layun, who replaced Rafael Marquez.

Brazil continued its run for redemption through the 2018 World Cup on Monday with a 2-0 win over Mexico to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.

'There was very little contact and every single time the referee stops the game.

It was a choking blow for Mexico, who had been the better side for the opening half an hour, but it was not the manner of defeat but Neymar's habit of constantly hitting the deck that most irked the Mexico coach.

"In the last two matches I didn't talk to the press because there are too many people talking, getting excited".

Following the match, Brazil assistant Sylvinho called Willian's play "beautiful" and also had plaudits for front-man Gabriel Jesus. Hirving Lozano's half-volley was well blocked by Miranda, while at the other end, Ochoa was equal to Neymar's powerful drive from just outside the penalty area.

Firmino tapped in from close range minutes after coming on as a replacement for Coutinho.

The victor of this match will instantly become one of the favorites to win the World Cup with Germany, Argentina, Portugal and Spain having already been eliminated.

"Being able to play at such a level against a team like Brazil really shows that Mexico is a good team", Osorio said.

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