Brazil knockout Mexico to reach World Cup quarter-final

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Neymar swooped from close range to open the scoring, before forcing a late rebound that was turned home by Roberto Firmino to seal a 2-0 victory.

Neymar's talent is undeniable - he tallied a goal and an assist in Brazil's 2-0 win over El Tri - but he won't win anyone over with his flopping antics.

The problem for Neymar here is that he's built a reputation as arguably the best actor in the world, and he's writhed in pain and done barrel rolls down the field in an attempt to draw fouls and cards multiple times over the last two weeks.

With Neymar on the deck, Mexico's Miguel Layun went to collect the ball from between his legs, stepping on his ankle in the process but prompting the Brazil forward to dramatically flop around in a wholly disproportionate response. Both escaped punishment. The five-time World Cup champions will next face either Japan or Belgium in their seventh straight quarterfinal match, the stage they have reached at every World Cup since 1994.

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Having lost to Uruguay 3:0 Russian Federation still made it to the 1/8 finals where it is going to face the Spanish team. Sweden's Ludwig Augustinsson put his side ahead against Mexico and in return, he sank Germany's hopes of progressing.

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Remarkably, neither Ronaldo nor Messi have managed to score a single goal in a knockout tie in four World Cups going back to 2006. Cavani applied a fine finish to Rodrigo Bentancur's pass in the second half to seal the win.

As the game neared the half hour mark, Mexico slightly let the intensity off and Brazil took its chances but it wasn't enough to bring about any change in the scoreboard. However, they will be up against a team with an embarrassment of riches, including Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Thiago Silva and Gabriel Jesus. Neymar started the move by playing in Willian, who advanced into the penalty area before delivering a low cross to the back post where Neymar was able to slide in and convert from three yards.

A Brazil fan poses before their 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 2, 2018.

"We knew he would need to play a few games, but he's back".

Five-time champions Brazil are touted as many people's favourites to claim a sixth crown in Russian Federation, and Osorio was fulsome in his praise of Tite's men in his pre-match media conference on Sunday.

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