Neymar scored his sixth FIFA World Cup™ goal, before substitute Roberto Firmino added one late on, to lift Brazil past Mexico 2-0 to advance into the quarter-finals at Russian Federation 2018. Unfortunately, because of that loss, they'll now have to face Brazil, who are starting to look like the World Cup favorites as of late.
Brazil progress through to the World Cup quarter-finals as Neymar and Roberto Firmono net in the second half to secure a 2-0 win over Mexico in Samara.
Meanwhile, Layun was also lucky to escape a red card after stamping on Neymar's ankle 19 minutes from time, but the referee decided not to take any action against the former Watford defender.
The only blemish for the five-time champions was the second-half booking for Casemiro, which rules him out of the quarter-final clash against either Belgium or Japan.
The result means that for the seventh successive tournament El Tri has been knocked out in the last 16.
Neymar can lead Brazil to glory here in Russian Federation, but to maximise the Selecao's chances he needs to link up with his team-mates in that fashion. 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.
Brazil upped the ante, by the 20th minute, but Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa kept Brazil at bay, as he had done four years ago. The idea was to score quickly and then manage the rhythm of the game.
Jesus went close again in the 33rd minute, finding space in a crowded area and drilling in a left-footed strike that Ochoa palmed away.
Neymar and Philippe Coutinho were denied with good saves by Ochoa as the teams went into break with the scoreline intact.
And their positive approach was rewarded in the 51st minute as Neymar and Willian combined to devastating effect.
Mexico, who enjoyed an enviable recent record against Brazil having won seven of their previous 15 matches against them, were a threat on the counter in the first half but then faded without ever really being put to the sword.