Russia 2018: Neymar scores as Brazil defeat Mexico 2-0 to book their place in quarterfinal

Russia 2018: Neymar scores as Brazil defeat Mexico 2-0 to book their place in quarterfinal

- Neymar and Firmino score as Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 to book a place in the quarterfinal

- With the victory, Brazil have now scored more World Cup goals than any other side in the history of the competition

- They have scored 228 goals at the World Cup, two more than Germany

Brazil have made it to the quarter final of the World Cup after a convincing 2-0 victory against Mexico on Monday, July 2 at the Samara Arena, Samara.

Goals from Neymar and Firmino in the second half secured qualification for the Selecao as Mexico crashed out.

But it was the Mexicans who started the game the better side. A dangerous ball played in Brazil's box forced Alisson to punch away but the rebound drops kindly for Lozano whose shot was blocked.

However, after the 30-minute mark, it was all Brazil as Neymar dribbled pass two Mexicans before forcing a save from Ochoa. Few seconds later, Coutinho fired wide.

But Brazil finally got their goal in the second half as Neymar started a move and finished off from close range after a fine assist from Willian.

The five-time winner doubled their lead in the 88th minute after Neymar found Firmino in the box who scored from close range. The game ended 2-0 in favour of Brazil and the south Americans qualify for the quarter final.

Read our live coverage of the game below.

90+6' FT: The referee signals the end of the game and Brazil progress to the quarter final of the World Cup were they face the winner of Belgium vs Japan.

90+1' Substitution for Brazil! Marquinhos IN, Willian OUT.

90' Six minutes of added time to be played.

88' GOALLLL!!!! Firmino scores from a Neymar assist. That is certainly done and dusted. Brazil 2-0 Mexico.

86' Substitution for Brazil! Coutinho OUT, Firmino IN.

81' Substitution for Brazil! Fernandinho IN, Paulinho OUT.

80' Brazil 1-0 Mexico. Ten minutes left to play.

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Neymar celebrates his goal against Mexico. Photo credit: Getty Images

75' Half chance! Willian who really deserves a goal in this game forces another save from Ochoa. Neymar's goal still separates both teams.

73' The referee waves play on and Layun escapes there.

72' Neymar is down in serious pains after what looks like a stamp from Layun. What will the referee do here?

70' Twenty minutes left to play. Brazil 1-0 Mexico.

68' Another Chance for Brazil! Willian again embarks on a dashing run and finds Neymar in the box but the PSG's star effort is blocked and runs out for a corner. Brazil are enjoying themselves now.

64' CHANCE for Brazil! Willian forces a fine save yet again from Ochoa after nice step overs.

62' CHANCE! Mexico break away on a counter and the ball falls to Vela but his shot is well saved by Alisson.

60' Yellow card to Casemiro, he will miss Brazil's next match.

59' SAVE! Ochoa again produces a fine save to deny Paulinho.

56' Substitution for Mexico! Dos Santos IN, Alvarez OUT.

55' Yellow card! Herrera booked for a foul on Willian. He will miss Mexico's next match.

52' That is the Brazilian's second goal of the tournament.

51' GOALLLLL! Neymar starts a move and finishes from close range after a fine assist from Willian. Brazil 1-0 Mexico.

50' CHANCE! Gallardo embarks on a dashing run but chooses to be selfish and hits his effort wide when he could have passed to Chicharito.

48' CHANCE! Coutinho forces a fine save from Ochoa.

47' Half chance! A nice build up for Brazil ends with Gabriel Jesus shot and the edge of the box but his effort is blocked.

46' Substitution! Mexico make a change. Layun IN, Marquez OUT. Brazil get the second half underway

45' HT: Brazil 0-0 Mexico. We are still awaiting our first goal in this game but it has been a lively first half.

44' It is taken but easily gathered by Alisson who has not been troubled in the first half.

43' Yellow card to Filipe Luiz for a tackle on Carlos Vela. Mexico have a free-kick in a good position.

40' Neymar takes the free-kick but it is high and wide and doesn't trouble Ochoa.

38' Yellow card for Alvarez for a late tackle on Neymar. Brazil have a free-kick in a good position.

33' CHANCE for Brazil! Gabriel Jesus dummies the Mexican defenders and forces a fine save from Ochoa, from the rebound, Coutinho's effort is cleared off the line. That is the closest Brazil have come in this game.

30' Brazil 0-0 Mexico. End-to-end stuff so far in this game.

25' BIG CHANCE for Brazil! Neymar does very well to dribble pass two Mexicans but his shot is saved by Ochoa. Few seconds later, Coutinho fires wide. Brazil 0-0 Mexico

21' BIG CHANCE for Mexico! Vela again does well to find Herrera at the edge of the box but the midfielder's shot is blocked by Miranda.

15' CHANCE for Mexico! Lozano brings down a long pass brilliantly but his cross is too deep and runs out of play.

13' Another dangerous ball in Brazil's box from Vela causes panic in the defense of the Brazilians. From the corner kick, Brazil clear the danger.

9' Carlos Vela embarks on a dashing run and does well to beat his marker Fagner but the Brazilian recovers well and clears the danger for a corner to Mexico. From the corner, referee awards a free-kick after an infringement on Alisson.

8' Neymar whips in a dangerous free-kick but it easily dealt with by Ayala.

5' CHANCE! Brazil have their first shot on target. Neymar forces a save from Ochoa.

2' CHANCE for Mexico! A dangerous ball is played in Brazil's 6-yard box which Alisson punches away but it drops for Lozano whose shot is blocked.

1' Mexico get the game underway playing from right to left.

The line ups for both countries are out.

Brazil XI vs Mexico: Alisson, Fagner, Miranda, Thiago Silva, Filipe Luis; Coutinho, Casemiro, Paulinho, Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.

Mexico XI vs Brazil: Ochoa; Alvarez, Salcedo, Ayala, Gallardo; Marquez; Vela, Hector Herrera, Guardado, Lozano; Hernandez.

Read our preview below.

Five-time FIFA World Cup champions Brazil will on Monday, July 2, continue their mission to claim a sixth title when they face familiar foe Mexico.

Brazil's journey to the round of 16 have been anything but smooth as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Switzerland before securing hard fought 2-0 victories against Costa Rica and Serbia.

Mexico on the other hand recorded the first major shocking scoreline at the Russia World Cup after a 1-0 victory against defending champions Germany. This was followed with a victory and defeat against Korea Republic and Sweden respectively.

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However, the North Americans will be hoping to claim a first win in five attempts against Brazil at the World Cup. Brazil is undefeated in four matches against Mexico in the World Cup, keeping four clean sheets against them.

More statistics show that Brazil have never lost a World Cup match against North American opponents as their last six defeats came against European opponents.

Italia 90 World Cup was the last time Brazil failed to qualify to the quarterfinals.

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For Mexico, the only other time the North Americans secured a victory against South American side in a World Cup match was in 2002 in a victory over Ecuador. A defeat for Mexico today, will see them crash out in the round of 16 for the 7th consecutive time.

Possible line-ups

Brazil possible XI: Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Casemiro, Paulinho; Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus

Mexico possible XI: Guillermo Ochoa; Miguel Layun, Hugo Ayala, Carlos Salcedo, Jesus Gallardo; Hector Herrera, Jonathan Dos Santos, Andres Guardado; Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano

Venue: Samara Arena, Samara

Time: 3pm

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