Neymar’s strike and a late second from Roberto Firmino noticed a unusually low-key Brazil edge previous Mexico 2-Zero to ebook a spot within the World Cup quarter-finals.
Tite’s males are but to hit full stride at Russia 2018, and on this proof they nonetheless have extra to return, however Neymar’s 51st-minute objective and Firmino’s tap-in after coming off the bench means the match favourites progressed with relative consolation in the long run, and averted the early exit that has already befallen the likes of Spain, Germany and Argentina.
Mexico have been the dominant pressure within the opening 20 minutes in Samara, however they have been unable to make their superiority depend and finally allowed their muted opponents to scrap their method into the sport.
After Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa had been known as into motion to disclaim Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho, Neymar lastly made the breakthrough on the again publish – netting his second objective of the match shortly after half-time, when Willian’s scuffed cross discovered its method via to him.
The margin turned extra snug with two minutes left when Firmino – simply on as a substitute for Coutinho – added the of completion after Neymar had lead a counter-attack.
The solely blemish for the five-time champions was the second-half reserving for Casemiro, which guidelines him out of the quarter-final conflict in opposition to both Belgium or Japan.
Mexico, in the meantime, will look again fondly on their opening 1-Zero win over Germany, however are actually left to rue a seventh consecutive exit on the last-16 stage.