FIFA WC: Brazil sail through the Mexican wave to reach quarter finals

A second-half Neymar strike and assist for Roberto Firmino was enough to send Mexico home and book Brazil’s place in the World Cup quarter-final with a 2-0 win over ‘El Tri’ in Samara.

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Brazilian number 10 Neymar played the role of hero and villain in the match at Cosmos Arena with his side’s opener on 51 minutes and then provided the assist for substitute Firmino to complete a second-half double that sank Mexico.

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However, the striker did also take centre stage for his play-acting skills throughout the game, and in particular in reaction to a ‘challenge’ from Mexico defender Miguel Layun, which drew criticism from fans and fellow pros alike.

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