FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 highlights: Brazil beat Mexico, reach quarter-finals
Brazil beat Mexico thanks to goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino in their Round of 16 encounter on Monday. Follow highlights of Brazil vs Mexico, FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 match here.football Updated: Jul 02, 2018 21:43 IST
Brazil rode goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino to beat Mexico 2-0 in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 encounter in Samara on Monday. Neymar’s strike and a late second from Roberto Firmino saw a strangely low-key Brazil edge past Mexico to book a spot in the World Cup quarter-finals. The only blemish for the five-time champions was the second-half booking for Casemiro, which rules him out of the quarter-final clash against either Belgium or Japan. Follow highlights of Brazil vs Mexico, FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 match here.
22:32 hrs IST: It was the seventh World Cup running that Brazil have reached the last eight, where they will now face Belgium or Japan, while Mexico have not made it to that stage since they hosted the tournament in 1986.
22:28 hrs IST: The goals made Brazil the World Cup all-time scoring leader with 228 goals, surpassing Germany with 226.
22:22 hrs IST: Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 to reach the quarterfinals with Neymar and Firmino scoring the goals for them.
21:18 hrs IST: Neymar provided the assist this time as he nudged it towards the goal and Firmino just had to guide it to the back of the net. Brilliant stuff by the talisman.
21:15 hrs IST: GOAL! Roberto Firmino doubles their lead as Brazil are on their way to victory!
21:12 hrs IST: 5 minutes to go! Mexico are trying their level best but it looks like Brazil are quite comfortable defending. Back-to-back corners for Mexico but the delivery has been quite disappointing.
21:08 hrs IST: 9 minutes to go in regulation time. Brazil lead 1-0 against Mexico! Roberto Firmino to come on for Brazil in place of Coutinho.
21:04 hrs IST: Yellow card for Carlos Salcedo and Just 18 minutes left in regulation time. This is looking like game over for Mexico unless they can break the Brazilian resistance fast.
21:01 hrs IST: Another shot from Willian and another save! It has been all Brazil for some time now and Mexico need to do something fast to find their way back into this game.
20:58 hrs IST: A nasty tackle on Neymar and the Brazilian striker is down once again. It was a clear stamp on the foot by the Mexican player and looks like Neymar may need some medical attention.
20:54 hrs IST: Neymar’s strike made Brazil the all-time scoring leader with 227 goals, surpassing Germany with 226. He had a chance to double it, but the shot was just off target!
20:51 hrs IST: The coach may have taken Javier Hernandez off but Miguel Layún is playing the same role for his side. Quick attacking by Mexico and they are badly searching for the equaliser.
20:48 hrs IST: Brazil are looking for a whole new beast right now and a shot from Paulinho was saved by Ochoa who is in brilliant form as usual. On the other side, Carlos Vela had a good attempt but Alisson was able to save it with his fingertips.
20:45 hrs IST: Neymar has scored six goals from 38 shots in World Cup tournaments - it took Lionel Messi 67 shots and Cristiano Ronaldo 74 shots to reach this goal tally at the World Cup.
20:41 hrs IST: An inch-perfect pass by Willian and Neymar was in a brilliant position to hand Brazil the lead!
20:39 hrs IST: Neymar has now scored 57 goals in 89 caps for Brazil at 26 years of age.
20:36 hrs IST: Neymar scores! Brazil lead 1-0 against Mexico in Samara!
20:34 hrs IST: Neymar gets the first shot of the half but Ochoa pulls off yet another save. Mexico need to find their momentum fast but Brazil can run riot!
20:32 hrs IST: Time for the second half. Can Mexico continue their momentum or will it be an easy win for Brazil?
20:23 hrs IST: Mexico had the better of the opening stages and although Brazil threatened more towards the interval, Neymar struggled to shake of his markers and impose himself.
20:17 hrs IST: It’s half-time in Samara and the score is 0-0. Brazil and Mexico both had their share of attacks but the finishing was not up to the mark.
20:14 hrs IST: Yellow card for Filipe Luis and it has been one end-to-end half till now. Great action and it is quite surprising that none of the teams have scored till now.
20:11 hrs IST: Another attempt from Philippe Coutinho but it was once again blocked by the Mexican defence. But, they are absolutely relentless and this is getting really interesting!
20:08 hrs IST: 35 minutes gone and the score is still 0-0. Mexico started well but Brazil are looking quite dangerous. Even the possession is 50-50!
20:06 hrs IST: Mexico are living dangerously as both Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho had chances to open the scoring, but the Mexican defense is blocking everything that is coming their way.
20:04 hrs IST: Real end-to-end stuff here. Carlos Vela’s shot was denied by the Brazil defenders and just moments later, Neymar had a chance to take a shot but the marker was up to the task.
20:01 hrs IST: Neymar is being shackled by the Mexican desk for now and Gabriel Jesus has not done much till now other than a stray shot on goal.
19:58 hrs IST: Finally Brazil are looking active on the field as Ochoa produced another good save and although Coutinho’s shot was nowhere near the target, it was a show of intent.
19:56 hrs IST: First proper attack from Brazil as Neymar was able to get a shot on target but Ochoa was up to the task and the score remains 0-0 after 25 minutes.
19:53 hrs IST: Another sharp move from Carlos Vela and a shoddy finish from Héctor Herrera as Brazil continue to look nervy in face of this Mexican attack.
19:50 hrs IST: Mexico are clearly the faster and better team in the opening moments of this match and Brazil are finding it really hard to launch a propper attack against their disciplined opponents.
19:46 hrs IST: Looks like the left side is not safe either. A promising run and delivery by Hirving Lozano but no one was at the end of the pass. Mexico are looking in fine form.
19:43 hrs IST: Mexico are absolutely dominating the right flank with Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela dictating plays. This is a brilliant start for Mexico!
19:40 hrs IST: Carlos Vela is playing brilliantly on the right flank and his quick movement earned Mexico their second corner. The delivery was quite good but Javier Hernandez failed to connect properly with the pass.
19:37 hrs IST: A good start by both teams are they are looking to score early. Brazil had a good chance through Philippe Coutinho but the shot was quite weak.
19:34 hrs IST: A loopy cross from Andrés Guardado but Alisson did not take any chance as he cleared it strongly. The resultant corner, however, was quite disappointing from the El Tri.
19:32 hrs IST: We are underway. History is completely against Mexico in this game but when it comes to current form, it will be foolish to take them lightly.
19:29 hrs IST: In their four previous World Cup matches with Mexico, Brazil have never conceded a goal against El Tri, out-scoring them 11-0 in those encounters.
19:26 hrs IST: Mexico’s Rafael Marquez (39y 139d) is the oldest outfield player to start a World Cup knockout match since Stanley Matthews (39y 145d) in 1954.
19:23 hrs IST: The teams have entered the arena and we are minutes away from kick-off. Mexico have already beaten Germany this year and a win against Brazil will be huge for them.
19:20 hrs IST: Marcelo had back spasms in the opening minute of Brazil’s last group match against Serbia and didn’t recover in time to return to the starting lineup.
19:18 hrs IST: Brazil coach Tite made only one change from the starting line-up that beat Serbia 2-0 in their final group game with Filipe Luis stepping in to replace injured midfielder Marcelo
19:16 hrs IST: Mexico have never beaten Brazil at the World Cup. Indeed the last non-European team to beat Brazil was Argentina in the 1990 round of 16.
19:12 hrs IST: Juan Carlos Osorio 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.
19:10 hrs IST: Now, a look at the Brazil XI -- Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Joao Miranda (capt), Filipe Luis; Paulinho, Casemiro; Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar; Gabriel Jesus
19:04 hrs IST: A look at the Mexico starting XI -- Guillermo Ochoa; Jesus Gallardo, Hugo Ayala, Carlos Salcedo, Edson Alvarez; Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera; Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano.
18:52 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK - Brazil last failed to reach the quarters of the World Cup back in 1990.
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Mexico’s last-16 misfortunes have often come down to the finest of margins. Defeat on penalties to surprise package Bulgaria in 1994 started an inauspicious run. They blew a lead against Germany four years later and against Argentina in 2006.
Conceding twice to the Netherlands in the final minutes four years ago hurt more than most defeats, with a controversial penalty awarded for a theatrical Arjen Robben tumble deep into stoppage time, sending the Dutch into the last eight.
Brazil and Mexico have met 40 times previously, with over half of those encounters ending in wins for the Selecao.
First Published: Jul 02, 2018 18:33 IST