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Brazil enter FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinals with 2-0 win over Mexico

Neymar netted a goal off a cross from Willian and Firmino scored off a brilliant pass from Neymar to seal Brazil's spot in the next stage.

Brazil enter FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinals with 2-0 win over Mexico
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It is the end of the road for Mexico and their round of 16 jinx continues. Brazil go through to the quarterfinals for the seventh time in a row. Neymar netted a goal off a cross from Willian and Firmino scored off a brilliant pass from Neymar to seal Brazil's spot in the next stage. Mexico failed to create threatening chances up front in the second half. Brazil will face the winner of Japan vs Belgium match in the quarterfinals. 

Follow the match updates here:

Brazil 2-0 Mexico!!


Mexico look at yet another defeat in the round of 16. As it stands, this would be their 8th loss in a row in the World Cup pre-quarters. 

90+2 minute: Yellow card! Mexico's Guardardo gets booked for bad behaviour. 

90+1 minute: Substitution for Brazil. Marquinhos replaces Willian. 

6 minutes of Stoppage time!!

88 minute: GOAL!!! Brilliant run by Neymar as he sprints into the Mexican box and finds Firmino who taps the ball into an open net. 

86 minute: Corner for Mexico. Substitution for Brazil, Coutinho is replaced by Firmino. 

83 minute:  T. Silva goes after colliding with a Mexican player. The players take a breather. 

10 minutes to go!

80 minute: Substitution for Brazil. Paulinho is replaced by Fernandinho. 

77 minute: Yellow card! Mexico's Salcedo gets booked for a challenge on Neymar. 

68 minute: Corner for Brazil. The ball gets cleared to safety by the Mexican defenders. Mexico are pressing hard to equalise but are cramped for space in the final third. 

60 minute: Substitution for Mexico. R. Jimenez replaces Javier Hernandez. 

59 minute:  Yellow card! Casemiro gets booked for a foul on Lozano. 

55 minute: Substitution for Mexico. J. Dos Santos is in for E. Alvarez.

55 minute: Yellow card! Mexico's Herrera gets booked for a challenge on Willian.  

This was Brazil's 227th goal at a World Cup, the most by any team in the history of the tournament. 

Brazil 1-0 Mexico!

51 minute: GOAL!!!  Willian makes a brilliant run inside the box and fires a cross from the near post and Neymar nudges the ball in. 

50 minute: Corner for Brazil. Neymar picks up the cross but fails to hold on to the ball and gives away possession.

Second-half is underway!

Brazil 0-0 Mexico!!


43 minute: Yellow card!  Brazil's Filipe Luis gets a yellow card for a foul on Lozano. 

41 minute:  That was close! Brazil's Coutinho fires a bullet in an attempt to find a teammate in the close range but the Mexican goalkeeper makes a comfortable save. 

38 minute: Yellow card! Alvarez gets booked for a late challenge on Neymar. 

34 minute: Corner for Brazil.  Willian whips the ball away from the Mexican box. 

30 minute:  Mexico's Alvarez makes a brilliant tackle to dispossess Neymar in the Mexican penalty box. That was close. 

26 minute: Brazil's Coutinho goes unmarked in the Mexican box and attempts a shot on goal but clouds the ball away. 

25 minute: That was close. Neymar cuts a Mexican defender on the left but the goalkeeper blocks his shot. 

17 minute: Corner for Brazil. The Mexican defence head the ball away. Mexico on the counter. Lozano picks up a pass in the box but his shot gets blocked. 

15 minute: Brilliant first touch by Mexico's Lozano on the right flank but fails to find a teammate with his cross. 

13 minute: Corner for Mexico. Once again the Brazilian defence clears the ball away. Mexico have been up and attacking in the early minutes of the match. 

11 minute:  That was close. J. Hernandez makes a threatening run into the Brazilian penalty box but fails to capitalise in the final third. 

8 minute: Free-kick to Brazil. Neymar whips the ball into the Mexican box. The defenders clear the ball to safety. 

2 minute:  Mexico's Guardardo fires the ball in from the left corner but the Brazilian goalkeeper knocks the ball away. Corner for Mexico.  An early surge from Mexico. 



Brazil XI: A. Becker, T. Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis, Fagner, Casemiro, P. Coutinho, Paulinho, Willian, G. Jesus, Neymar. 

Mexico XI: G. Ochoa, H. Ayala, C. Salcedo, R. Marquez, H. Herrera, E. Alvarez, A. Guardardo, J. Gallardo, Carlos V, J. Hernandez, H. Lozano. 

Brazil, winner of FIFA World Cup five times, did not start on a very bright note, drawing 1-1 with Switzerland before finding their momentum with identical 2-0 wins over Costa Rica and Serbia. Even in their win, the Brazilians were given a run for their money. The Brazilian strikers have not set the stage on fire and Mexico have already announced that they will go all out against their much-fancied rivals.   

Mexico started their FIFA World Cup campaign with a bang by stunning 2014 champion Germany 1-0. They then beat South Korea 2-1 before losing 0-3 to group winner Sweden.

Full squad:


Goalkeepers - Alisson, Ederson, Cassio.

Defenders - Danilo, Fagner, Pedro Geromel, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Filipe Luis.

Midfielders - Casemiro, Fernandinho, Renato Augusto, Fred, Coutinho, Paulinho, Willian.

Forwards - Douglas Costa, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar, Taison


Goalkeepers - Jesus Corona, Guillermo Ochoa, Alfredo Talavera.

Defenders - Edson Alvarez, Hugo Ayala, Jesus Gallardo, Miguel Layun, Hector Moreno, Diego Reyes, Carlos Salcedo.

Midfielders - Giovani Dos Santos, Jonathan Dos Santos, Marco Fabian, Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera, Rafael Marquez.

Forwards - Javier Aquino, Jesus Manuel Corona, Javier Hernandez, Raul Jimenez, Hirving Lozano, Oribe Peralta, Carlos Vela.