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Neymar leads Brazil past Mexico into FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinals

Neymar leads Brazil past Mexico into FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinals

"They stepped on me; that wasn't fair", Neymar said on Brazilian TV after the match.

Neymar scored a 51st minute goal to put Brazil up 1-0 against Mexico.

Osorio said the incident halted Mexico's momentum as they chased the game following Neymar's opening goal, and that referee Gianluca Rocchi "favoured Brazil".

"In Neymar's defence he has been fouled more than any other player at this World Cup and he is regularly the target of rough treatment". It turned out to be pure histrionics. But not before trying a stamp on Layun himself.

But many are exhausted of the theatrics, not least Mexican coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who criticised a nameless player for "too many faking fouls".

With Germany, Argentina and Spain among the contenders already eliminated, Brazil's hopes of a sixth World Cup title have received an extra lift.

Neymar provided a glimpse of his talents with a weaving run into the box, while Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho took aim, forcing Guillermo Ochoa into action in the Mexico goal.

"I think that the most important thing now is to take things calmly and carry out a meticulous analysis", Juan Carlos Osorio said.

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Clutch goals and must-win wins were needed for Brazil to even make it to the knockout stage after failing to beat Switzerland in their opening match.

Mexico head coach Osorio subsequently admonished Neymar, accusing him of "acting" and describing the 26-year-old as a "poor example for the world of football and all the children".

That is not to say that they were not under the cosh in the early stages, however, as Hirving Lozano had an effort blocked after two minutes, as did Hector Herrera, but as the first half wore on, Brazil got on top in the stifling Samara heat.

"We are always thought as an offensive team, but we have an incredible defense", exclaimed Neymar after the game, referring to the club's third clean sheet.

Fair play Miguel, fair play.

There were no shortage of sombreros in the crowd as Mexican fans decked out the stadium with oversize straw hats and wrestling masks, while Brazilian fans were equally zealous in their fashion choices, featuring headbands in blue, yellow and green with many fans also displaying their country's flag in face paint.

The PSG superstar endured a muted first half in Samara, but burst into life six minutes after the interval to give the Selecao a deserved lead, sliding the ball home from close-range after smart interplay with Willian.

Brazil play Mexico at the Samara Arena in Monday's early game at 7.30 pm, followed by Belgium versus Japan at 11.30 pm at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don.