Neymar leads Brazil past Mexico and into 2018 World Cup quarterfinals

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The goals made Brazil the World Cup all-time scoring leader with 228 goals, surpassing Germany with 226.

Neymar scored his 57th goal for Brazil and grabbed an assist as they sealed their place in the quarter-finals after a 2-0 win over Mexico.

After Mexico lost an errant pass in the midfield in the 89th minute, Neymar collected the ball and began running Brazil up the field with a numbers advantage. 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. Neymar streaked down the left side and found Roberto Ferminho down the middle who stabbed in the game's second goal to seal the 2-0 win.

A sixth World Cup crown is there for the taking and an engaged Neymar is looking like the best player still alive in the tournament. It turned out to be pure histrionics. Neymar slid in to tap in the opener in the 51st minute. Writhing in agony after his right ankle was stepped on by Miguel Layun, Neymar managed to get back on his feet. "Absolutely, but Layun steps on him".

Aside from Corinthians full-back Fagner, every single one of Brazil's starting XI against Mexico plays at an elite European club, as do numerous subs.

Mexico's World Cup is over, ending in a 2-0 loss to Brazil on a sultry Monday evening at Cosmos Arena.

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There were 16 teams going into this stage, but now Neymar and Brazil have ensured that Mexico will not be moving forward. "How we use him is very important in a tournament like this, when we have very little time to recover between games".

It was a choking blow for Mexico, who had been the better side for the opening half an hour, but it was not the manner of defeat but Neymar's habit of constantly hitting the deck that most irked the Mexico coach. This is a strong sport, a man's sport and I think there shouldn't be so much acting.

El Tri's Colombian coach criticized the referee for his control of the match, charging that he had been overprotective of Brazilian players by calling fouls on Mexican players for what he saw as innocuous challenges. Hirving Lozano's half-volley was well blocked by Miranda, while at the other end, Ochoa was equal to Neymar's powerful drive from just outside the penalty area.

"We know Neymar very well, we know his character and playing attitude and it is peculiar", Marquez said.

And leading Brazil from the front, Neymar Jr dominated their Latin American neighbour quite well in the second-half.

He also said that "for a generation of Mexican players, this was the last opportunity to reach a World Cup quarter-final in their prime".

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