After being largely contained within the first half, a purpose from Neymar after the break — the 57th for his nation — and a late tap-in from substitute Roberto Firmino ended Mexico’s participation in a event to which it has contributed a lot.
The end result implies that for the seventh successive event El Tri has been knocked out within the final 16.
In the meantime Brazil, the favorites to win the competitors, prolonged its unbeaten run to 15 video games and can now put together to face Belgium or Japan within the final eight.
No surprises in Samara
Whereas historical past pointed to a Brazilian win — Mexico lined up on the Samara Area having by no means overwhelmed the Brazilians on the World Cup — this has been a event of surprises.
Popularity and previous successes have counted for little, as Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osario identified throughout the pre-match build-up.
Attaining a victory over A Selecao would have surprised like no different in Russia thus far. Nevertheless, this proved to be a shock past El Tri.
The five-time champion was not for toppling, ultimately beating its opponent with ease for the 25th time in 42 conferences.
Neymar attracts consideration once more
Having been stifled early on within the contest, Neymar — the world’s costliest participant — grew into the sport and was extra influential than he had been within the group phases, scoring his 11th purpose in 19 internationals and helping Firminho.
However whereas he impressed on the ball, his response to Miguel Layun stepping on his ankle when the Mexican went to retrieve the ball late within the second half did appear over prime.
The Mexico full-back’s studs appeared to make contact with Neymar, who was on the bottom when the incident occurred. However having wriggled round as if in agony after his brush with Layun, the Paris Saint-Germain ahead obtained up with out obvious discomfort as soon as it was clear the Mexican wouldn’t be punished.
Mexico tire after early promise
Whereas Neymar’s affect on the match would ultimately show decisive, momentum was with Mexico within the early phases. El Tri’s attacking trio of Javier Hernandez, Carlos Vela and Hirving Lozano have been notably testing for Tete’s males down the flanks and forcing Brazil into retreat.
Alternative arose for Hector Herrera within the 21st minute, however the defender took one contact too many when a first-time effort would have threatened.
From there on, Brazil switched into motion.
Neymar offered a glimpse of his abilities with a weaving run into the field, whereas Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho took goal, forcing Guillermo Ochoa into motion within the Mexico purpose.
Although it was a goalless first half, it was an intriguing contest and a breakthrough got here quickly after the break.
Moments after Mexico’s Jesus Gallardo completed a marauding run with a wayward shot from distance, Brazil nabbed the opener when Neymar tapped in a low cross from the spectacular Willian.
There was to be no relaxation for Ochoa as Brazil shortly threatened to chop unfastened. The Mexican goalkeeper saved from Paulinho and Willian, withstanding a flurry of assaults to maintain his staff in competition.
However because the match progressed Mexico drained in sweltering circumstances and any hopes of an upset ended when Neymar created area down the left and put Firmino by way of for a straightforward purpose.
It was a deserved victory for a Brazilian aspect which, for all its attacking would possibly, saved a clear sheet for a ninth successive sport.