Brazil vs. Mexico 2018 World Cup highlights and recaps
With an assistance from Neymar, Roberto Firmino finds the network. (Dan Mullan / Getty Images)
Brazil 2, Mexico 0
Samara Arena, Samara
Brazil and Neymar noted that they are a force to be reckoned with in this World Cup. Not surprisingly, Brazil is, after all, a powerhouse, but with Neymar taking over in the second half, it advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory over Mexico.
Brazil will play against Japan. Belgian winner at 2 pm Eastern quarterfinals on Friday in Kazan (Fox Sports 1). Japan and Belgium play at 2 p.m. On Monday and you can follow that game here.
In a second half dominated by Neymar, Brazil effectively put the game out of reach. Neymar ran across the field towards the goal, getting a shot that a close of Roberto Firmino put on the net in the 89th minute.
Neymar feels a foot
Controversy arises when Neymar is thrown to the ground in a fight with Miguel Layun and suddenly begins to agonize and grab his right ankle.
Replays showed that Layun stepped on his ankle. After a few minutes of treatment and agonizing emotions that were real or feigned, Neymar remains in the game in the 70th minute. Of course he does. There is no yellow card.
Moments later Carlos Salcedo receives a yellow color for becoming physical with Neymar, whose acting game, like his soccer game, is about.
Neymar breaks, giving Brazil a 1-0 lead by taking a pass from Willian and beating Guillermo Ochoa in the opening minutes of the second half.
Willian drove through the penalty area while Neymar curled toward the goal, kicking Willian's pass through the goal area. He was second in line waiting to receive Willian's pass, but his quickness gave him the advantage and he scored from close to three yards. The goal made Brazil the absolute leader of all time in the World Cup, breaking a tie with Germany, according to ESPN.
Gisele is dizzy
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen is very excited about her country's performance in the World Cup.  Brazil, Brazil, Brazil !!! Rumo ao Hexa !!!!! 19
– Gisele Bündchen (@giseleofficial) July 2, 2018
Javier Hernández comes out in the 60th minute, with Raúl Jiménez replacing him. Hernandez has been limping and grabbing the back of his leg.
Philippe Coutinho looks well at three minutes into the second half, but Ochoa is back in the right place at the right time.
Updates from the first half
Brazil dominated with 11 shots (three at the goal) in the first half, but Mexico is holding them back, and the teams have a score of 0-0 in the half time. Neymar has had the best opportunities so far for Brazil, which has strengthened after the initial energy outbreak in Mexico.
Still, Mexico is playing well and this game is delivering all the emotion and excitement that was expected of him. Although Javier Hernandez was grabbing the back of his right leg in the first half, he is back on the field.
Felipe Luis receives a yellow card for knocking Carlos down Sail in the 42nd minute, but Vela's kick does not produce anything.
In the 38th minute, Edson Alvarez defeats Neymar and wins a yellow card for his efforts. Although Neymar rolled several times after the collision, this time he was not overacting. (Really). His free throw, however, sails on the crossbar and Mexico endures.
Neymar has a great opportunity, controlling the ball as he moves towards the goal, but Guillermo Ochoa gets his hand on the 25th. minute. Brazil is beginning to find loopholes.
Mexico continues to take the fight to Brazil, but in the 18th minute Chicharito (Javier Hernández) grabs a bit of the hamstring muscles. That is a situation that is worth watching. Brazil has a slight advantage over possession at the 22 minute mark, 51 to 49 percent.
Mexico has the initial streak, but Brazil charges on the field and, in the fourth minute, Neymar has his first opportunity with a goal shot from the middle of the field. Guillermo Ochoa places it cleanly. Mexico continues to press, but without results. As expected, Mexico comes out fast and strong, taking the game to Brazil early.
Samara's sand is rock, with a crowd that seems to be closer to Mexico. Maybe they're just looking for another surprise in a tournament that has been filled with them. It's a warm day, but the humidity is low and bearable.
When: Monday, 10 a. M. East.
How to watch on television : Fox Sports 1.
How to broadcast online: Fox Sports and the Fox Soccer Match Pass and FoxSportsGo.com applications.
How to look in Spanish: Telemundo.
How to look in Canada: Bellson TSN and CTV networks, the application TSN GO and TSN.ca/live.
- Previous results: 1-1 draw with Switzerland ; 2-0 victories over Costa Rica and Serbia.
- Best final of the World Cup: Champions in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002.
- Remarkable: Brazil failed to reach the quarterfinals 28 years ago.
- FIFA world ranking: 2. ELO world ranking: 1.
- Previous results: 1-0 victory over Germany; 2-1 victory over South Korea; 3-0 defeat Sweden.
- Best final of the World Cup: Fourth place, 1966.
- Remarkable: No country played more matches of the World Cup (56) without winning the trophy.
- FIFA World Ranking: 15 ELO Rating: 19.
Players to Follow
Although Neymar draws attention for his goals, his failures, his histrionics and his hair, Paulinho's goal against Serbia it was his eighth for the national team since Tite became a coach. [Chicharito] of Mexico has had a single shot on goal in three games, but that found the net against South Korea. Guillermo Ochoa has had 17 saves in three games. Only Kasper Schmeichel, with 21 in four games, has more in this World Cup.
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