Neymar Had His Ankle Stepped On, Then Stepped on Mexico's Throat

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Brazil could play right into their hands.

Brazil entered this World Cup as a favorite to win the whole thing, and despite worries over an injury to star Neymar, the team continued to improve game-to-game in group play, led by Philippe Coutinho's stellar performances. They have been functional and effective, and you can't really ask for much more than that.

Mexico looked troubling on the counter-attack as their pace caught the Brazilians out on a few occasions, with Vela cutting in from the left and forcing Alisson to tip over the top in the 62nd minute. And I'm hoping for a good game to boot.

Brazil sealed their quarter-final place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Monday as they dispatched Mexico 2-0 at the Samara Arena in Russian Federation. "Brazil is a great team".

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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.

Brazil has always been the most successful team in World Cup history, having won five editions of the tournament, one more than both Germany and Italy.

But Costa Rica, Serbia and now Mexico have fallen before the Brazilians in order, and with Neymar scoring, Philippe Coutinho creating and a back four allowing nearly nothing, the five-time World Cup champions will be a tough out now. Defending champion Germany arrived with 224 total.

The talented Brazilians were by far the stronger team in the match, but Mexico had chances to make it more of a game.

Neymar then set up Firmino for the second goal two minutes from time as Mexico exited in the last-16 for the seventh successive World Cup. 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. The only other time Mexico defeated a South American side in a World Cup match was in 2002 in a victory over Ecuador.

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