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Breaking! Brazil are through to the World Cup quarter-finals

Brazil 2-0 Mexico

  • Brazil 2-0 Mexico
  • Neymar breaks deadlock (51)
  • Filipe replaces Marcelo
  • Marquez start for Mexico
  • Ayala replaces suspended Moreno
  • World Cup round of 16
  • Brazil reached every QF since ’90
  • Mexico lost in last-16 last 6 WCs

It’s all over! Brazil reach their seventh consecutive World Cup quarter-final thanks to second-half goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino. Meanwhile, Mexico exit at the last 16 stage for the seventh straight World Cup.

GOAL! BRAZIL 2-0 MEXICO (Firmino, 88)

Game, set and match to Brazil. Neymar beats the offside trap and bears down on goal. He takes the shot on early but Ochoa gets a boot to the ball. The rebound falls kindly for Firmino, who taps home from close range to spark wild Brazilian celebrations.

GOAL! BRAZIL 1-0 MEXICO (Neymar, 51)

Neymar starts the move off with a beautiful back heel to Willian, who bursts around the outside before playing a low cross towards the back post. There are yellow shirts queuing up to tap the ball into the back of the net and it’s Neymar who gets the final touch for his 57th international goal.

HT: There’s no stoppage time at the end of the first-half. The referee brings a close to an opening 45 minutes which saw Mexcio star brightly. The pace they have in attack was causing problems but Brazil eventually grew into the game. They had chances through Neymar and Jesus but neither could beat Ochoa as head into the break goalless.

PREVIEW

Will Neymar follow both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo out of the World Cup?

Two of the world’s three most celebrated footballers – Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo – exited the World Cup on Saturday just hours apart, as Argentina suffered a 4-3 defeat against France and European champions Portugal lost 2-1 to Uruguay.

The third member of football’s most acclaimed triumvirate – Brazil striker Neymar – will hope to avoid the same fate when his team tackle Mexico. Neymar and Brazil should march on, but Russia 2018 has been crammed with tales of the unexpected.

After finishing top of Group E following a slow start, five-time winners Brazil are now looking to reach the last eight for the seventh straight World Cup. Meanwhile, Mexico, who impressed in the group stage with a famous victory over Germany, are looking to reach the last eight for the first time since hosting in 1986.

We’ll be bringing you all build-up from the Samara Arena , including the all-important team news shortly.

The action then gets underway at 3pm and you can follow match updates here!

MEXICO TEAM NEWS

Team to face Brazil: Ochoa, Alvarez, Salcedo, Ayala, Gallardo, Herrera, Marquez, Lozano, Vela, Guardado, Hernandez.

Subs: Corona, Gutierrez, J. dos Santos, Layun, Fabian, Jimenez, G. dos Santos, Talavera, Corona, Peralta, Aquino.

BRAZIL TEAM NEWS

Team to face Mexico: Alisson, Fagner, Silva, Miranda, Luis, Casemiro, Paulinho, Willian, Coutinho, Neymar, Jesus.

Subs: Geromel, Augusto, Marcelo, Marquinhos, Danilo, Cassio, Fernandinho, Fred, Firmino, Taison, Moraes.

OPTA STAT

Brazil last failed to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup back in 1990. Since then, they’ve always made it to the last eight of the tournament.

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