Mexico's World Cup ends with loss to Brazil

FIFA World Cup 2018: Neymar has returned to a very high level, says Brazil coach Tite ahead of Mexico clash

The PSG forward was man-of-the-match, grabbing a goal and an assist, however, he simply couldn't resist some pathetic theatrics. Neymar picked up the ball wide and then ran straight nearly parallel to the goal, drawing away Mexico's defenders with him.

Brazil coach Tite was unsurprisingly supportive of Neymar, dismissing accusations of playacting, while preferring to talk about his improving side, who seem to be finding their rhythm after a third successive 2-0 victory.

It was another painful exit for Mexico, who have failed to play a fifth game at the World Cup since hosting in 1986. It turned out to be pure histrionics.

Neymar opened the scoring in the 51st minute and provided the last pass for Firmino's clincher in the 88th. But not before trying a stamp on Layun himself.

They are now looking to reach the final eight for their seventh straight World Cup.

But while the Mexicans lost on the pitch, they certainly won on social media.

The World Cup match between Brazil and Mexico will be broadcast live on Fox.

But tensions flared following a tussle with midfielder Miguel Layun as Mexico battled to stay in the tournament. Defending champion Germany arrived with 224 total.

Neymar's reaction may have had something to do with it as the Brazilian was criticised from all four corners of the world for his actions.

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"I don't much care for criticism", Neymar said, "not even for praise".

"It's obvious", Layun said. "I think this had an impact on our pace and style".

The breakthrough came shortly after half-time when Willian fired in a unsafe cross from the left after speeding past Ayala, with Neymar sliding in behind team-mate Gabriel Jesus to poke Brazil in front. "We have to minimise the possibility for the ball to get through to them", Silva said.

Now that the group phase has concluded, teams have entered the knockout phase.

The rapid recovery seemed miraculous for a player who missed the last three months of the season with a broken right foot. A video review reversed the decision to award a penalty kick and Neymar's frustrations a few minutes later led to a yellow card.

Their frustration continued into the closing stages and Brazil made sure of victory with two minutes of normal time remaining as Firmino tapped home from close range after Neymar's toe-poke had been saved by Ochoa.

With Germany, Argentina and Spain among the contenders already eliminated, Brazil's hopes of a sixth World Cup title have received an extra lift.

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.

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