World Cup last-16 match report Brazil v Mexico, 02 July 2018

World Cup last-16 match report Brazil v Mexico, 02 July 2018

Now, "El Tri" are bidding to end the "Curse of the Fifth Game" - they have never made it to the quarter-finals of a World Cup on foreign soil and have suffered six consecutive eliminations in the first knockout round, not managing to reach that fifth game.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio slammed the refereeing during his side's World Cup last-16 defeat at the hands of Brazil.

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.

Meanwhile, Layun was also lucky to escape a red card after stamping on Neymar's ankle 19 minutes from time, but the referee decided not to take any action against the former Watford defender.

A glaring spotlight had been on Neymar after his opening three performances saw him miss a litany of chances, frequently squander possession and spend far too long on the turf. The idea was to score quickly and then manage the rhythm of the game. First, Jesus scuffed his close-range volley wide, and then Coutinho flashed an effort well over from 20 yards out.

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And their positive approach was rewarded in the 51st minute as Neymar and Willian combined to devastating effect.

Paulinho should have doubled the lead when he was left alone near the penalty spot, but Ochoa once again came up with the save.

Yet Silva quickly underlined the threat of the determined Mexicans, who helped eliminate defending champions Germany in the first phase. Neymar is through on goal, his shot is saved and it falls to Firmino to tap it into an empty net.

Neymar's breakthrough goal early in the second half moved Brazil onto 227 goals, one more than Germany, who had held the record with 226.

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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