This is the 53rd match in the Round of 16 at the FIFA World cup 2018 holding in Moscow, Russia.
Date & Time of Match:
Monday, 2 July
Brazil and Mexico at 3pm.
___SCORE: Brazil 2-0 Mexico____
Brazil secure their place in the quarter-finals for the seventh World Cup in a row thanks to second-half goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino. The Selecao upped the ante in the second half to put Mexico under durress, and their quality in the final third was the difference between the two sides. Neymar was effective down the flank, while Willian also played his part in securing the victory. El Tri had early success, but ran out of ideas quickly as they failed to pose a threat in the second period.
90′ + 6′ FULL-TIME: BRAZIL 2-0 MEXICO
90′ + 5′ The game is slowly ebbing towards a close as Brazil march on to the last eight of the competition.
90′ + 4′ Layun sends a delivery into the box from the right flank. Thiago Silva rises with Jimenez and loops the ball into the air. Alisson calls for the catch and claims it with authority.
90′ + 3′ Firmino scored his first competitve goal for Brazil since October 2016, which was against Bolivia.
90′ + 2′ Lozano breaks into the right inside channel and he goes for goal from a tight angle, only to blast his effort over the bar.
90′ + 2′ Guardado takes himself into the book after a challenge by Herrera on Neymar.
90′ + 1′ Willian has played well this afternoon and makes way now for Marquinhos to see out the result.
90′ There will be six minutes of added time.
88′ GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!! FIRMINO TAPS HOME!!! BRAZIL 2-0!!!!! Brazil are surely heading through to the quarter-finals now as Firmino converts from close range. Neymar’s bustling run into the left inside channel created the opening. He fired a low shot towards goal that was partially saved by Ochoa. However, Firmino was chasing in to tap the rebound into the net.
86′ From the resulting corner Vela is caught offside as Jimenez guided the ball forward towards goal. Mexico have not been clicking in the final third.
86′ Firmino comes on for the closing stages of the game to replace Coutinho.
85′ Layun whips a cross into the box from the right flank and Fagner has to take action to clear his lines, heading behind for a Mexico corner.
83′ Silva is back on his feet and ready to take his place back in the middle of Brazil’s defence.
82′ Brazil are doing their utmost to take the pace out of the game. Thiago Silva is down receiving treatment after colliding with Gallardo.
80′ Fernandinho comes on to tighten up the midfield as he replaces Paulinho.
79′ Lozano once again struggles to send a quality delivery into the box, sending his cross straight through to Alisson.
78′ Herrera releases Lozano down the left flank. He tries to get the better of Fagner, but the defender holds his ground to earn his team a goal-kick.
77′ Salcedo catches Neymar with a late boot to send the forward tumbling the the deck. The referee books the Mexico defender.
75′ Brazil break with numbers into the final third and Willian cuts back on his left foot to fire at goal, but it’s a tame one straight at Ochoa.
73′ Brazil have now overtaken Germany as the top scoring team in World Cup history with 227 goals.
72′ The referee is not interested in Neymar’s appeal and the game restarts.
71′ Neymar is rolling around on the floor in the technical area. The replay shows that Layun lightly touched his ankle when retrieving the ball. There was no need for the Mexico man to touch his ankle, although the reaction from Neymar is well over the top. We’ll see what the decision is from VAR.
69′ BLOCK! Herrera latches on to a long ball down the right and his cutback into the middle is cleared by Thiago Silva as far as the edge of the box. Guardado latches on to the loose ball and fires at goal, but Thiago Silva is well positioned to make the block.
68′ Willian finds acres of room to run into down the left. Instead of shooting he cuts the ball back for Jesus. The forward turns to roll a left-footed strike towards the bottom corner, but Ochoa watches it past the post.
67′ Mexico are just lacking the cutting edge in the final third. Brazil have had that in abundance and only Ochoa has kept Mexico in with a shout this afternoon.
65′ Guardado feeds a pass into the feet of Lozano in the right inside channel. He tries to force the ball across the face of goal, but he drags his attempt out for a goal-kick.
63′ CHANCE! Ochoa is keeping Mexico in the game. He makes another quality stop to deny Brazil as Willian’s blast from the right inside channel travels towards the target, but the keeper turns it over the bar.
62′ SAVE! Mexico break with pace and Lozano’s drive from the edge of the box is blocked back to Vela. He goes for the curling spectacular that forces Alisson to turn his effort over the bar.
60′ Hernandez has been isolated and Osorio opts to replace him with fresh legs as Jimenez comes on to the pitch.
59′ Casemiro brings down Lozano on the left flank and goes into the book. He will be suspended for Brazil’s next game.
59′ SAVE! Willian sends Fagner down the right flank and he cuts the ball back for Paulinho. The midfielder arcs his strike towards the top corner, but Ochoa get across to deny Paulinho with a fine stop.
58′ Jesus and Neymar attempt to combine on the edge of the box, but the latter just cannot take the ball in stride.
56′ OVER! Mexico drop off Neymar and invite him to shoot from distance. He goes for the strike from the right flank, but sends his effort harmlessly over the bar.
55′ Alvarez makes way for Dos Santos as Osorio looks for attacking options from the bench.
55′ Herrera pulls back Willian as the Chelsea man attempts to break free down the right flank. The referee puts him in the book.
54′ Herrera pulls off his man on the right flank and hammers a low ball across the face of goal, but the Selecao manage to clear the danger.
53′ Mexico produce a response as Guardado drives to the edge of the box, only to hammer his effort into the legs of Casemiro.
51′ Willian charges into the left inside channel before his low effort is turned in at the back post by Neymar.
51′ GOALLLLLLLLL!!!! NEYMAR PUTS BRAZIL AHEAD!!!! 1-0!!!! The pressure from Tite’s men pays off as Neymar converts at the back post. Willian’s into the left inside channel caused problems for El Tri. His low drive across the face of goal missed Jesus on the slide, but Neymar was there to stab it home to hand his team the lead in the Samara Arena.
50′ OVER! Neymar fails to control Willian’s cross in the box and it allows Mexico to break upfield. Gallardo charges towards the edge of the box before firing at goal, only to send his effort just over the bar.
49′ Fagner surges into the right inside channel and attempts to force the ball towards the middle, but Salcedo diverts it behind for a corner.
48′ SAVE! Coutinho collects on the left flank and drops his shoulder to the break into the box. From 12 yards he hammers a right-footed effort towards the net, only to be denied by a good save by Ochoa.
48′ Neymar goes on the charge and he wins a corner off the legs of Layun down the left flank.
47′ Jesus attempts to turn on the edge of the box to fire at goal, but his shot is blocked immediately by the boot of Gallardo.
46′ We’re back underway at the Samara Arena.
46′ Marquez makes way at the break for Layun, which could be due to tiring legs.
It took time for Neymar to find his rhythm, but he started to have an effect towards the end of the half. Edson Alvarez went into the book for a challenge on the PSG forward, which could be an interesting contest to watch in the second half.
It’s all square at the break between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena. El Tri made a bright start to the game, but as the half wore on Brazil upped the ante as Neymar and Gabriel Jesus were both denied by Guillermo Ochoa. Still neither side has done enough to make the breakthough, leaving the contest in the balance.
45′ HALF-TIME: BRAZIL 0-0 MEXICO
45′ Lozano weaves his way in and out of challenges on the edge of the box, but he just cannot find the room for the strike at goal.
44′ Guardado lifts the resulting free-kick into the box, but his delivery travels straight through to Alisson. A poor one from the midfielder.
43′ Filipe Luis wipes out Lozano on the flank on a Mexico counter and goes into the book.
41′ Coutinho twists and turns in the right inside channel and he goes to fire the ball towards the near post. Ochoa gets down well and holds the ball ahead of Jesus in the middle.
40′ WIDE! Neymar goes for the ambitious strike as he powers his effort towards the top corner. However, his effort sails comfortably wide of the post, while Ochoa appeared to have it covered anyway.
38′ Alvarez takes out Neymar on the charge 30 yards from goal. The Mexico full-back is booked for his late challenge.
36′ El Tri have lost their vigour in the final third that they were playing with in the early stages of the game. Tite’s men are beginnng to take control.
35′ Coutinho opts for a strike from distance to win a corner, blasting his effort off the legs of Salcedo. Willian floats his cross into the box, although El Tri hold their ground to clear it away.
34′ Brazil are beginning to up the ante after their slow start to the contest. Coutinho and Neymar are starting to find space in the final third.
32′ SAVE! Coutinho threads the ball through to Jesus in the left inside channel and he uses a neat piece of skill to create room for a strike. Ochoa makes the stop, but palms it out into the middle of the goal. Ayala’s clearance just avoids the lurking presence of Paulinho.
30′ Neymar tries to square up Alvarez once again, but on this occasion the full-back holds his own, making a brilliant challenge to win the ball.
29′ Hernandez spreads the ball out to Vela on the left flank and he has the one-on-one match up with the full-back. However, Vela goes for the shot and blasts his effort well over the bar.
27′ OVER! Mexico still cannot break free of their own 18-yard box before Paulinho goes for a drive from the edge of the box, only to send his effort comfortably over the bar.
26′ Brazil keep the pressure on as Neymar swings a delivery into the box from a free-kick. El Tri fail to clear their lines, but are bailed out as Jesus scuffs his strike on the half-volley.
25′ SAVE! Just like that Neymar almost finds the breakthrough as he weaves his way past Alvarez and Ayala with a surge into the left inside channel. Ochoa races off his line to narrow the angle and makes a fine save to deny the forward.
24′ Mexico will be delighted with their start to the game as they’ve limited the threat of Brazil going forward and they’ve looked a threat on the break. El Tri need to find their clinical edge.
22′ BLOCK! Vela beats Fagner with ease down the left and slides a pass into the feet of Herrera on the edge of the box. He opts against the first-time strike to shift the ball on to his left foot, which allows a Filipe Luis time to fling himself in front of the shot to make the block.
20′ Mexico are employing a similar gameplan to their match against Germany. It worked against Die Mannschaft and it’s knocking Brazil out of their comfort zone.
18′ Willian’s delivery is poor and it allows El Tri to break down the left. Vela works the ball over to Lozano on the flank, but his attempted shot at goal is blocked before it can threaten.
17′ Brazil win a corner, but cannot commit men forward as Mexico leave three players on the half-way line.
15′ Lozano breaks past Filipe Luis with ease down the right flank and he fires the ball across the face of goal towards the back stick. However, the delivery has too much pace for Hernandez to even stick out a leg to attempt to steer it goalwards.
14′ Mexico have started brightly this afternoon and are taking the game to Tite’s men, who are struggling for rhythm.
13′ Vela’s cross finds its way into the path of Herrera, but an awkward bounce of the ball takes it away from the midfield. Lozano keeps the attack alive by winning a corner for his team.
11′ Hernandez breaks with menace into the box and tries to get the better of Miranda and Thiago Silva. However, both Brazil defenders are on hand to stop his progress.
9′ Marquez wins the header from the corner and Hernandez tries to latch on to the knock down ahead of Alisson, but the offside flag is raised against the forward.
8′ Vela tests Fagner down the left flank and he makes the burst to get past the full-back, although the Brazilian recovers to divert the cross behind for a corner.
7′ Neymar wins a free-kick on the left flank, which he takes himself. However, his delivery is cleared with ease in the box by Alvarez.
5′ SAVE! Brazil break towards the edge of the box capitalising on a loose pass from Marquez. Neymar goes for the drive from 20 yards, but Ochoa makes the save, although he fails to hold the ball.
4′ Coutinho tries to get the better of Alvarez in the final third, but the defender holds firm and wins a free-kick for his team.
2′ BLOCK! Mexico threaten down the left as Guardado’s cross has to be punched clear by Alisson. It goes only as far as Lozano in the box, who fires at goal on the half-volley. Miranda has to race over to make the vital intervention with his keeper still on the deck, diverting the ball behind.
1′ We’re underway at the Samara Arena.
The players are out on the pitch. It’s time for the anthems.
The players are out on the pitch. It’s time for the anthems.
Brazil are unbeaten in their last 14 games (W10 D4), with their last defeat dating back to June 2017 against Argentina (0-1).
Mexico have won none of their four previous games against Brazil at the World Cup (D1 L3). In fact, the Mexicans haven’t even scored a single goal in those four matches (11 conceded).
Mexico are without Hector Moreno in the middle of their defence after he picked up his second booking of the tournament during the defeat to Sweden. Ayala takes his place in the back four, while Marquez comes into the side to replace Layun in the middle of the park. His experience could be vital for El Tri this afternoon.
Marcelo has not been passed fit for this afternoon’s contest after suffering back spasms in Brazil’s win over Serbia. Filipe Luis comes into the side at left-back in place of the Real Madrid man. Other than that Tite has named the same side that defeated Serbia, keeping with the front three of Willian, Neymar and Jesus ahead of Firmino on the bench.
Mexico subs: Jesus Corona, Erick Gutierrez, Jonathan dos Santos, Miguel Layun, Marco Fabian, Raul Jimenez, Giovani dos Santos, Alfredo Talavera, Jesus Manuel Corona, Oribe Peralta, Javier Aquino.
MEXICO (4-3-3): Guillermo Ochoa; Edson Alvarez, Hugo Ayala, Carlos Salcedo, Jesus Gallerdo; Hector Herrera, Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado; Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano.
Brazil subs: Geromel, Renato Augusto, Marcelo, Marquinhos, Danilo, Cassio, Fernandinho, Fred, Roberto Firmino, Taison, Ederson.
BRAZIL (4-3-3): Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Paulinho, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.
Let’s take a look at the two teams this afternoon, starting with Brazil.
Brazil and Mexico have met 40 times previously, with over half of those encounters ending in wins for the Selecao (W23 D7 L10).
Mexico’s poor performance against Sweden almost cost them a place in the round-of-16. Had Germany beaten South Korea, El Tri would have been eliminated from the competition. Fortunately for Mexico, Die Mannschaft’s late collapse allowed them to advance, although they’re now staring down the prospect of a seventh-straight loss in the first knockout phase. Juan Carlos Osorio’s men were outstanding in their opener against Germany and will need that level of performance this afternoon.
It took time for Brazil to kick into the gear at the 2018 World Cup, but Tite’s men were impressive in their 2-0 win over Serbia last time out to secure top spot in Group E. Brazil had struggled in their opener drawing 1-1 with Switzerland before needing two late strikes to see off Costa Rica courtesy of Philippe Coutinho and Neymar. However, they controlled the contest against the Serbs to advance into the round-of-16.
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