04 July, 2018
While history pointed to a Brazilian win - Mexico lined up at the Samara Arena having never beaten the Brazilians at the World Cup - this has been a tournament of surprises. They drew 1-1 to Switzerland in their first match in the group and were held scoreless against Costa Rica for 90 minutes before letting in two in stoppage time.
That should not overshadow his generally positive display however, as the five-times champions beat an otherwise stubborn Mexico, whose World Cup began with such promise with a victory over champions Germany, but ended in familiar fashion in the first knockout round.
The victor of this match will instantly become one of the favorites to win the World Cup with Germany, Argentina, Portugal and Spain having already been eliminated. Brazil knocked Mexico out of the tournament with a 2-0 victory.
In the 25 matches under Tite, Brazil have conceded just six goals.
"Being able to play at such a level against a team like Brazil really shows that Mexico is a good team", Osorio said. "Some goal celebration that would be against them", one fan wrote. And then, in an instant, he opened up a Mexico defence that had been so excellent to that point with a clever backheel to Willian. For the opener, Neymar slid toward the goal and tapped in Willian's low cross from the left.
"The truth is he'd be more spectacular if he dedicated himself more to playing football instead of.doing other things".
Once Brazil took the lead, they dominated the play.
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Roberto Firmino added the second in an 88th-minute counter-attack when Guillermo Ochoa could only direct Neymar's shot into his path. It might not be a deserving lead, but the goal was a testament to the quality of the Brazil side and the brilliance of Neymar. Television pictures showed a slight brush on his ankle but his reaction seemed like he'd been run over by a auto.
Despite his praise for Mexico, Neymar was put out by a stamp suffered at the feet of Miguel Layun.
"I think it's a shame for football", Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio lamented afterwards, saying Neymar's antics had wasted precious time.
The game in Samara, Russia, kicked off in sweltering 92-degree temperatures, making it as much a struggle for survival as it was a soccer match.
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"He was down and I touched him looking for the ball, I know all about his talents but I also know his tricks".