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Twitter reacts as Brazil defeat Mexico in the Round of 16

04 July, 2018, 00:11 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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El Tri were finally killed off by a late goal from Roberto Firmino, which clinched a quarter-final meeting with Belgium for the unbeaten Brazilians. In the end, Mexico leaves Russian Federation with consecutive scoreless matches.

Osorio was forced to change his right-back to Miguel Layun but the veteran couldn't control Neymar in the second period, with the attacker's interplay with Willian irrepressible at times.

Rafa Marquez made history before kick-off in the round of 16 fixture, becoming the first outfield player to be included in the starting lineup at five World Cups, before he was substituted at half time.

Midfielders Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui scored in the 48th and 52nd minutes to give Japan a surprising 2-0 lead.

Mexico were mesmerising in the opening 20 minutes, so good that Tite had a concerned look on his face. A toe-poked attempt to beat Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in the 88th minute was diverted into the path of Robert Firmino, who scored the second.

Since the brilliance of Neymar came up, let's also discuss another feature of his game; his ability to make a fool of himself while trying to be smart.

They appeared to be causing Brazil problems and Mexico probably deserved a goal for their early enterprise and dominance but, in truth, they were nowhere near finding the net. Neymar has 11 goals and nine assists in his last 19 games for Brazil. This could've been another of them if it hadn't been for Ochoa who, just like four years ago, kept denying nearly every Brazilian on the pitch.

"Anyone who has seen the game knows exactly what I'm referring to".

"This is one of the most important points that we must learn from for future occasions, don't leave things undone". In a delayed reaction, Neymar made the most of Layun stepping on his ankle, rolling around with his hand covering his eyes. This was similar to the performances against Costa Rica and Serbia last week when they did just about enough to win.

But he had the last laugh by beating an offside trap and sending a shot that was saved straight in the direction of Firmino, who tapped in from close range to settle matters.

But as the match progressed Mexico exhausted in sweltering conditions and any hopes of an upset ended when Neymar created space down the left and put Firmino through for an easy goal.

With Germany, Argentina and Spain among the contenders already eliminated, Brazil's hopes of a sixth World Cup title have received an extra lift.

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