Mexico crashes out of World Cup, losing to 'superior' Brazil 2-0

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Despite a great effort from Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa that was reminiscent of his otherworldly performance against Brazil in the 2014 World Cup, El Tri didn't have the players to compete with Brazil on that day.

Neymar and favourites Brazil were the next giants to take to the stage as they tackled Mexico in Samara, but the Selecao put on an authoritative display to win 2-0 as the Paris Saint-Germain star finally burst into life. Tite had suggested on Sunday that it will take another four or five games for Neymar to be at his best after recovering from the metatarsal injury that had, at one stage, threatened his full participation in the tournament. After South Korea defeated Germany in the final game of the group stage, videos went viral of the Koreans and Mexicans celebrating the elimination of Germany together.

Neymar scored the first goal shortly after halftime to give Brazil a 1-0 lead.

Brazil will now face the winners of Belgium and Japan in the quarterfinals, though Casemiro will be suspended after picking up a yellow card in the second half. When it seemed his shot will be blocked by the bunch of Mexican players in front of him, Neymar back-heeled the ball to Willian, who moved towards the left side of the post and delivered a low pass to the centre.

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Brazil's forward Neymar, on the ground, reacts after interacting with Mexico defender Miguel Layun, right, during their 2018 World Cup round-of-16 match in Samara on July 2, 2018.

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As the game wound down, people started sneaking away and then streaming home after South Korea's second goal in the final minutes. He said: " Germany are out of the World Cup - words that have never been uttered before at the end of a group-stage match".


"I think it had an impact on our pace", said Osorio of the stoppage that arose from the Neymar-Layun incident. Their strategy was to have three players - Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez and Hirving Lozana on the half-way line when Brazil enjoyed the possession.

And while Osorio insisted the national team was still on the right path, he said the experience that Brazil's players have gained with top clubs in Europe made a difference. "We just lost a very important game". With 88 minutes on the clock, the substituted Roberto Firmino cemented the lead with a fluky touch that came after Ochoa denied Neymar.

Layun became frustrated by Neymar's brilliance, even deliberately stepping on the superstar's ankle off the ball, but fortunately escaped punishment.

Neymar had a rather strong reaction to it, some of which could have been motivated by the interest of drawing attention to the incident.

Instead, it was Brazil who kept coming back and he helplessly looked on as Brazil wrapped it up a minute from time through Firmino.

"It was unfair. The ball was not in play and we were off the pitch".

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