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Brazil Through To The Quarters After 2-0 Win Over Mexico

SAMARA, RUSSIA - JULY 02: Roberto Firmino of Brazil celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at Samara Arena on July 2, 2018 in Samara, Russia. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino saw Brazil to a 2-0 victory over Mexico in the last-16 of the World Cup.

Neymar and co. are favourites going into the Quarter-finals on Friday and it has infact been Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho who is the starman of the tournament so far – he was in excellent form once more on Monday afternoon.

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Juan Carlos Osorio’s team started with their usual testing structure, leaving three attackers forward at all times, even when defending Brazil corners.

Carlos Vela caused all kinds of problems for Fagner in the opening exchanges and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández was inches away from getting on the end of a Hirving Lozano cross.

The Seleção eventually grew into the game and chances came their way with Neymar turning Edson Álvarez inside out before driving straight at Guillermo Ochoa from an angle. The Mexican stopper kept his team in it again when keeping Philippe Coutinho out after the Barcelona man hit a rasping drive from distance.

The five-time winners picked up where they left off in the second half with the brilliant Coutinho having an effort kept out by Ochoa before Neymar finally beat the Standard Liege stopper on 51 minutes and his vicious run inside from the left caused havoc and the PSG man rolled the ball behind him and into the path of Willian who shot across goal and Neymar himself was there to tuck away and finish the move that he started.

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Willian then was close himself with 25 minutes remaining, but Ochoa was on hand yet again to tip over the bar.

Liverpool’s Firmino put the icing on the cake when following in from a Neymar effort after the PSG man had got in behind the Mexican defence once again.

Brazil are now the clear favourites to lift the trophy and it was a sad ending for a lively Mexico team who were led by a revolutionary manager.

Osorio studied Science and Football at Liverpool University in England and completed his coaching licenses in Europe. He may have a few big European clubs on the phone after this tournament.

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