Neymar And Firmino Steers Brazil To Last Eight

Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in the Samara Arena on Monday to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals thanks to a 51st minute goal from Neymar Jr and an 88th minute goal scored by Firmino.

Mexico started excellently but failed to test Alisson in the Brazil goal and tired as the first half progressed leaving more spaces in midfield, although it wasn’t until six minutes after the break that Neymar opened the scoring from close range after great work by Chelseas Willian.

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Chelsea winger Willian was the standout player for Brazil in the second half, as Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa produced a string of good saves to keep his side in the game until Firmino’s late goal.

It was Brazil’s 227th goal at the World Cup.

Brazil will face Belgium or Japan in Rostov-on-Don by (19:00 BST) – in their last-eight tie in Kazan on Friday.

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But they will be without Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, who will be suspended after being shown his second yellow card of the tournament.

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