Mexico knocked out of World Cup by Neymar and Brazil

Brazil v Mexico Five-time winners must overcome El Tri persistence to keep World Cup bid alive

Neymar flaunted his flair and his theatrics with a goal and an assist on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time) to lead Brazil into the quarterfinals at the Fifa World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Mexico.

Rafael Marquez made his 148th cap for Mexico at his fifth World Cup.

Mexican Miguel Layun came to take the ball and sneakily put his toe on Neymar's ankle. 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. "I congratulate them on their efforts and we are improving all the time". Ultimately, I think that's what's important. Perhaps a true test of team's defence will come against Belgium, who have more than one world-class players in their attacking ranks. 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. A toe-poked attempt to beat Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in the 88th minute was diverted into the path of Robert Firmino, who scored with a tap-in just like Neymar did.

After the game, Osorio pointed the finger at Neymar for setting a poor example with his "acting", but Tite insisted his man was the victim on this occasion.

'The referee gave too many fake fouls.

"I don't care much for criticism, not even from the press because in a way this can influence athletes".

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Brazil manager Tite believed Neymar was treated unfairly, stating: "I saw what happened. You can analyse the video". "I just have to play, help my teammates, help my team".

He wouldn't be called on to make another as Brazil posted its third consecutive shutout, running its scoreless streak to 310 minutes. Vela and Lozano did extremely well to put pressure on Brazil from the wings.

Shocks, mishaps and curiosities have arguably defined this World Cup so far but the tournament needs Neymar.

Neymar, realising that his "performance" was not good enough, got up and started playing as if nothing had happened.

Focused and fearless, Mexico continued to trouble Brazil in the opening stages, with Fagner in particular struggling massively to cope with the threat down his side. Osorio had vowed on Sunday that Mexico wouldn't stop attacking Brazil but he was also vary of the goal-scoring threats posed by Brazil.

But after wins over defending champions Germany and South Korea in the group stage, Mexico failed to score both in the defeat to Sweden in their final group match and again today.

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