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02/07/2018 16:00

Brazil sink Mexico to clinch quarter-final spot

Posted: 2 July 2018 Time: 05:28 pm

Brazil stormed into the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup after recording a 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday evening.

Mexico started brightly but were soon on the back foot with a shot from Phillipe Coutinho forcing Guillermo Ochoa to pull clear.

Brazil kept up the intensity as Neymar weaved through two defenders to curl in from an acute angle, but Ochoa spread out his right arm to punch clear.

It was proving a tough afternoon in Samara for El Tri, but there were a few spells that made them treacherous, such as a half-shot from outside the box by Carlos Vela.

After the break, Ochoa continued his resilience as he denied Coutinho, who cut inside to take a shot from a short corner.

Ochoa's resolve was finally breached through Neymar, who tucked home Willian’s cross with an outstretched leg on 51 minutes.

Mexico looked troubling on the counter-attack as their pace caught the Brazilians out on a few occasions, with Vela cutting in from the left and forcing Alisson to tip over the top in the 62nd minute.

The Selecao were still in control and Willian went close to getting on the scoreboard after beating two players before forcing Ochoa into a flying save.

The last eight spot was confirmed for the five-time world champions as substitute Roberto Firmino got his first World Cup goal after tapping in at the back post following Neymar’s assist.

Article by: Staff Reporter

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