World Cup favourites Brazil took on one of their biggest rivals in recent years at the round of 16.
Like France, the yellows started out a bit slow in this year’s tournament but have managed to get the vital wins.
Mexico on the other hand have shone with their group as Hirving Lozano and Javier Hernandez take charge of the front line.
When it comes to Brazil and Mexico, both sides equally press against each other with the North Americans sometimes coming out on top with great performances.
After snatching Olympic gold from the Selecao in 2012, El Tri looked to progress into the next round of the World Cup.
With Marcelo injured from a back spasm, Brazil’s full back positions originally looked concerning as Filipe Luis and Fagner were on the flanks.
Luckily Brazil’s front three and midfield filled in the void as we witnessed a typical fast pace attack from the South Americans.
Both teams looked fluid up front chasing the ball as the likes of Lozano and Neymar led the press for their respective teams.
Though both sides were close to converting many chances in the first half, it remained level when the referee blew the whistle.
Neymar truly looked in his element during the game with his skill and trickery.
With Willian, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus in support, the PSG forward paced on goal-wards looking to put his team ahead.
In the 51st minute the 26-year-old along with his team mates managed to comfortably get the ball into the back of the net with their quick succession of passes in the box.
The goal conceded didn’t faze the Mexicans as they continued to try and get the ball past Alisson Becker.
Another crucial injury scare rocked the Brazil fans as they saw their captain Thiago Silva rolling on the ground in the latter stages of the match.
Silva however quickly got up and continued to play.
Neymar helped bury the game in the 88th minute after coming one on one with Guillermo Ochoa in the box and dinking the ball past him to meet the foot of Roberto Firmino.
All of the players came to hug Neymar for the chance he created to seal the Selecao’s progression to the quarter finals.
The game ended 2-0 as Brazil look to redeem their 2014 heartache.
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