Mexico crashes out of World Cup, losing to 'superior' Brazil 2-0

Arnold Nichols
July 3, 2018

Neymar has 11 goals and nine assists in his last 19 games for Brazil.

MEXICO had hope, some genuine hope, more than just cautious optimism that they could get a long-awaited first victory over Brazil at a World Cup, that they could for the first time since 1986 they would advance to the "quinto partido" or the fifth match at world football's showpiece tournament.

The Brazil forward slid toward goal and tapped in after Willian sprinted down the left and fired in a low cross.

Mexico started the game in bright fashion and were level until the 55th minute when Neymar converted Willian's cross. A toe-poked attempt to beat Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in the 88th minute was diverted into the path of Robert Firmino, who scored the second.

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". It turned out to be pure histrionics.

Neymar proved to be the central figure, scoring the first and setting up Roberto Firmino's late second, either side of an altercation with Layun, who appeared to intentionally tread on his opponent's ankle. But not before trying to step on Layun.

After a stunning win over Mexico, Brazil secured a berth in the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Monday.

Not so for the Mexicans, who have lost in the round of 16 seven straight times.

Mexico took down one of those giants, stunning reigning champion Germany in its opener.

"I think we did control the game mostly but unfortunately-and I think it's a shame for football-we wasted a lot of time because of one player", Osorio said.

Cantona hilariously compares the Brazil star's over-the-top rolling with a suitcase, before offering him some brutal advice about the antics that have left a foul taste in the mouth of fans on social media.

"We know Neymar and he likes to be the protagonist on and off the field".

Replays showed Layun had sneakily caught Neymar while he was on his way to recovering the ball for a throw-in.

But El Tri's error was losing that final group-stage game 3-0 against Sweden.

The breakthrough came shortly after half-time when Willian fired in a risky cross from the left after speeding past Ayala, with Neymar sliding in behind team-mate Gabriel Jesus to poke Brazil in front.

"It was unfair. The ball was not in play and we were off the pitch", he signalled.

But after dominating the first 20 minutes of an entertaining opening period, Brazil came back into the match, bossing the final stages of the half. Fresh among tiring legs, Firmino was able to evade the defence to get in the right place to score the second goal.

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