Mexico eliminated from World Cup with loss to Brazil

Heather Diaz
July 3, 2018

Brazil roared in the World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday as Neymar shone with a goal and an assist that dumped the central Americans out at the last 16 stage for the seventh straight occasion.

With 20 minutes left to play, Mexico's Miguel Layun stepped on Neymar's balky ankle.

Brazil's Roberto Firmino is mobbed by teammates after scoring their second goal in the 89th minute against Mexico.

Mexico, unfazed by their poor record in the last-16, began brightly and Brazil's full-backs Fagner and Filipe Luis struggled with their pace in attack.

It was proving a tough afternoon in Samara for El Tri, but there were a few spells that made them treacherous, such as a half-shot from outside the box by Carlos Vela. Willian darts towards the goal and centers the ball low, finding Neymar just completing his break to send home the first goal of the game.

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Jesus then had another opportunity as a nervous Mexico defence failed to clear, but the Manchester City striker found Ochoa equal to his shot.

Brazil picked up where they had left off after the restart, Coutinho testing Ochoa with a fierce drive after cutting in from the left. You try to give it your best for the team. But he was clearly irate by what he perceived as play-acting from Mexico's opponents.

"Well, maybe the personal accomplishment is good, but I can not be happy about it because Mexico did not advance", Ochoa told FIFA TV.

Paulinho should have doubled that advantage in the 59th minute, but Ochoa was once again equal to his whipped strike from 12 yards, while the over-worked goalkeeper also tipped over Willian's powerful effort four minutes later.

Mexico and Brazil kick off 2018 World Cup soccer games on Monday in the highest profile knockout stage game thus far.

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