Brazil vs Mexico: Luis in for Marcelo,Marquez handed first start against Selecao

Brazil vs Mexico: Luis in for Marcelo,Marquez handed first start against Selecao

Brazil vs Mexico: Luis in for Marcelo,Marquez handed first start against Selecao

Neymar swooped from close range to open the scoring, before forcing a late rebound that was turned home by Roberto Firmino to seal a 2-0 victory.

Replays showed that Layun did in fact step on Neymar's leg, but his exaggerated reaction after the foul was something to behold.

After a goalless first half, Neymar soon gave Brazil the lead before substitute Firmino put the game out of Mexico's reach during the closing stages. It looked like Neymar's game - or even his World Cup - could be over with 20 minutes to go.

Neymar can lead Brazil to glory here in Russian Federation, but to maximise the Selecao's chances he needs to link up with his team-mates in that fashion.

The second match against Brazil saw them facing off against a resilient Costa Rican defence, who kept the Selecao at bay until the first minute of injury time after which Philippe Coutinho scored the opener for Brazil in the 91st minute and Neymar finishing off the match with a 97th-minute goal.

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.

Mexico game into Monday's game with Brazil as a huge underdog, but El Tri bounced back from their very bad loss to Sweden with a tough, inspired performance against the World Cup favorites.

Brazil endured a frustrating opening 45 minutes as they head into the halftime break with the score level at 0-0 against Mexico in their round of 16 tie.

Brazil will now face the winners of Belgium and Japan in the quarterfinals, though Casemiro will be suspended after picking up a yellow card in the second half.

Neymar's back-heel on the edge of the area teed up the Chelsea man for a burst into the box and his scuffed cross was slid into an empty net by the Paris Saint-Germain forward, who had ghosted in unmarked at the back post.

Brazil haven't lost a game since June 2017 - 10 wins and 4 draws.

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