World Cup 2018 has already witnessed enough upsets following the elimination of heavyweights Germany, Argentina, Spain and Portugal. The pressure was immense over Brazil who had an intriguing Round of 16 battle against Mexico who stunned the world football defeating Germany in the opening fixture.
Despite a slow start, the Selecao maintained their composure and an upsurge in the second half saw them clinching a 2-0 victory, hence, sealed a quarter-final berth where they will now be contesting the winner of Japan vs Belgium.
Mexico looked lively since the beginning but the resilience backline of Brazil dealt with those threats without much trouble. Guillermo Ochoa continued his excellence between the sticks pulling off some smart stops to deny the Brazilians. Neymar looked lively unlike his previous outings and got the reward when a smart one-two with Willian opened up the Mexican backline and the PSG sensation made no mistake to earn an early lead in the second half. The deadlock was broken and an uplift in Willian’s game allowed the five-time champions exhibit their supremacy. Although Gabriel Jesus has been below par so far in the competition, it was Roberto Firmino’s turn to prove his worth when he doubled the lead in closing minutes seconds after coming on as a late substitute. Neymar played his part in creating the chance and the insurance strike of the Liverpool ‘number 9’ ensured a place in the last 8 avoiding yet another upset in an incredible World Cup.
Brazil vs Mexico Lineups:
Brazil: Alisson Becker, Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis, Paulinho (Fernandinho 80′), Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho ( Roberto Firmino 86′), Willian (Marquinhos), Neymar, Gabriel Jesus.
Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Edson Alvarez (Jonathan Dos Santos 55′), Hugo Ayala, Carlos Salcedo, Jesus Gallardo, Hector Herrera, Rafael Marquez (Miguel Layun 46′), Andres Guardado, Hirving Lozano, Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez (Raul Jimenez 60′).
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