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Joy for Brazil, Heartbreak for Mexico in World Cup Knockout

Neymar, Willian and Coutinho ran elaborate weaves in the course of the Mexico protection, and each time Mexico attempted to wreck out, Brazil’s defensive core — Casemiro, sponsored by means of Thiago Silva and Miranda — closed them down prior to they might reason any bother.

Brazil complicated to a Friday quarterfinal in Kazan in opposition to the winner of Monday’s Belgium-Japan recreation.

Brazil’s victory was once its 3rd directly 2-Zero win since opening the match with a disappointing 1-1 tie in opposition to Switzerland. However Costa Rica, Serbia and now Mexico have fallen prior to the Brazilians so as, and with Neymar scoring and Philippe Coutinho developing and a again 4 permitting nearly not anything, the five-time Global Cup champions will probably be a difficult out now.

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Mexico’s Jesus Gallardo after shedding to Brazil within the Global Cup spherical of 16.

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Right here’s how Brazil beat Mexico:

FULL TIME: Brazil 2, Mexico Zero

Brazil appears to be like to be the Global Cup favourite after a dominating efficiency in opposition to Mexico. Neymar was once everywhere the sphere, and his protection seems to be greater than as much as the duty.

90’ + five: Mexico Is going Down Capturing

One remaining gasp for Mexico, however Allison is as much as the duty. Jimenez we could one fly, however a defender clips it.

90’ + 2: Guardado Settles a Ranking

Guardado will get a overdue yellow, which appears like a score-settling, I’m-just-mad-at-the-world yellow at this level.

90’: Mexico, Once more, May just Move Out in Spherical of 16

It’s arduous to imagine, given the sentiments and the optimism after Mexico opened the match with its surprising win over Germany, however they’re going out — once more — of their first knockout recreation. That’s seven directly Global Cups that they’ve made it out of the gang simplest to fall on the first hurdle. And it’ll be a sour unhappiness: they have been primed and proficient and ready, after which they bumped into Brazil.

88’ GOAL! Brazil Places Mexico Away

Neymar bursts down the left and pokes a shot previous Ochoa together with his correct foot. Ochoa will get a toe on it — simply sufficient to stay it off line — however Firmino is the primary guy to it within the goalmouth and he buries it. Brazil 2, Mexico Zero. And that’ll be that on this one.

88’: Osorio Now not Satisfied With Name

Osorio is pink with rage at the sideline. No clue why, however that’s no longer performing: he’s madddddd.

87’: Nook for Mexico

Brazil defends a nook however Alisson has to return out for a punch to reserve it. Dangerous issues occur on performs like that, however thankfully for him, Mexico was once offside. Tick, tick, tick ……

86’: Firmino for Coutinho

Right here’s the second one Brazil sub: Firmino on for his former Liverpool teammate Coutinho.

85’: The Numbers Choose Brazil

Whilst the ownership is 50-50 as of late, Brazil has had extra pictures, extra pictures not off course, extra corners and, maximum crucially, another objective. Deserved leaders, however they haven’t put El Tri away but. That’s unhealthy, particularly in those ultimate determined mins.

84’: Brazil Slowing It Down

Thiago Silva down for remedy now; Brazil is aware of tips on how to play this slowdown recreation higher than maximum groups, too. They’ve were given alllllll the abilities.

81’: Brazil Cast within the Again

It’s value noting that Brazil has given up one objective in Russia: within the 50th minute of its opening tie in opposition to Switzerland. They’ve been rock forged on the again ever since. Mexico, however, is just about its 2nd directly shutout defeat if they are able to’t discover a objective quickly.

80’: Right here Comes Fernandinho for Brazil

Paulinho off, Fernandinho off. Some would argue they only were given a greater model of the similar participant.

79’: Fagner Holds Off Lozano

Top-fives for Fagner on the again after he holds off Lozano and by some means manages to win a objective kick. Brazil can sense it. Mexico has 15 mins or to be able to get one thing going.

77’: Yellow for Layun

Tape-delayed yellow card for Layun there after any other Neymar takedown in midfield. He protests in brief, however the referee isn’t having it. That was once almost definitely payback for the sooner one.

75’: Mexico Appears Drained

Mexico has made 3 subs and Brazil none. So why is it that Mexico appears to be like gassed?

73’: No Card for Layun

Rocchi select to go on a evaluation; possibly Neymar regarded somewhat tooooooooo harm. Anyway, Layun remains on, and play resumes.

72’: Neymar Nonetheless Down

Neymar truly made a meal of it, despite the fact that, pounding the turf in agony (truthfully, it didn’t appear to be he were given raked or the rest). However now the extend would give the referee the risk to have a look.

71’: Layun Stomps Neymar

Neymar writhing at the floor subsequent to the Brazil bench. Nevertheless it seems like Layun was once a little naughty there. He stomped on his ankle as he came visiting to get the ball whilst Neymar lay at the turf.

70’: Nice Likelihood for Mexico

A SUPER ball from Salcedo creates an opportunity at the correct for Herrera, however his go simply misses the noggin of Dos Santos and Guardado, first to the unfastened ball, has it blocked by means of two charging Brazilians.

Should you’re Juan Carlos Osorio, you’d like extra of that.

68’: Brazil’s Counterattack Simply Misses

Carlos Vela turns a promising Mexico assault right into a unexpected Brazilian counter with an inexcusably free go in midfield. Willian promptly unearths Neymar, who pivots and — fortunately for Vela — rolls his shot across the left put up.

66’: Jimenez Off to a Dangerous Get started

Raul Jimenez, who quietly got here on for Chicharito a couple of mins in the past, lets in his first actual motion to be a ball misplaced between his legs. Ack.

65’: No Foul

That positive gave the look of a nasty on Lozano as he minimize around the most sensible of the realm, however Mr. Rocchi doesn’t blow his whistle, and the risk fades away.

64’: Some other Save for Ochoa

Willian makes use of a stepover to lose Salcedo and rips a right-footed shot that Ochoa is fortunate to push over.

63’: Neymar Is going Down

Neymar, down once more, seems to be asking why the celebrity remedy isn’t in impact as of late. “Are you aware who I’m? I’m Neymar!”

61’: Mexico Blocked!

One thing out of not anything for Mexico there: a ball up the left springs Lozano, and Vela finally ends up with it at the correct. Alisson reaches up and pushes his bending shot over the bar.

59’: Paulinho Fires, Ochoa Blocks

Fagner completely tees up Paulinho on the spot, however he hits Ochoa correct within the mitts. On the different finish, Casemiro is going into the e-book with a yellow. That’s his 2nd, so he’ll omit the quarterfinals if Brazil holds on and wins as of late.

In the event that they don’t cling on and win, after all, the entire Brazilians will omit the quarterfinals.

57’: Brazil Searching for No. 2

Brazil, acutely aware of the lesson Spain discovered on Sunday, is looking a 2nd objective now. Why wait? Neymar fires from distance but it surely’s simply extensive.

55’: Vela Making Strikes

Great little bit of footwork by means of Carlos Vela at midfield. He manages to drag 3 Brazilians out of place, but if he in spite of everything wriggles unfastened he’s simply so drained he passes it again.

53’: Nook for Mexico

Mexico in once more, via Carlos Vela at the left. He is going down and the ball is going out. Brazil appeals for a objective kick. Mexico needs a penalty. The ref selections — nook!

52’: Other Sport Now

The objective stands after a handy guide a rough VAR inspection for offside, and now right here comes Mexico directly off the kickoff. The objective has spiced issues up well. In removing video games, they have a tendency to try this.

51’ GOAL! BRAZIL!

That was once beautiful. Neymar walked the ball around the most sensible of the realm after which, simply when it gave the look of he’d long gone too a long way, backheeled it to Willian. Willian driven it via into area simply to the left of the objective, and his cutback is met by means of … Neymar, who by no means stopped operating.

50’ Nice Likelihood for Mexico

A secondary breakout led by means of Gallardo offers him choices left, correct and heart. So after all he curls a shot 5 yards over Alisson’s crossbar.

48’: Some other Save for Ochoa

Mexico just about stuck napping at the nook, as Coutinho is permitted to stroll in and tee up a shot on Ochoa. The keeper isn’t happy, and slaps his fingers and reminds his teammates they’re there to give protection to him.

47’: Mexico Shuffles

Layun, a minimum of first of all, turns out to have slotted in at correct again, pushing Alvarez into the central midfield function Marquez vacated. However let’s give it a couple of mins to make sure.

46’: Layun Comes On for Mexico

One trade for Mexico at halftime: A now-blond Miguel Layun replaces Marquez, who gave them a part on this intense warmth.

Ochoa As much as the Activity

Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa was the primary goalkeeper of this Global Cup to make 20 saves. He’s had a pair giant ones as of late.

Halftime: Brazil Zero, Mexico Zero

Mexico will probably be way more proud of that part than Brazil, which was once the extra unhealthy crew however nonetheless needed to struggle off a pair fearful moments. Brazil is the favourite as of late despite the fact that, by means of a large margin, so each minute they’re no longer profitable is a minute wasted for them, and a minute of hope for Mexico.

Andrew Keh: Chicharito, who gave the look to be shifting gingerly every now and then in that part, jogged temporarily into the locker room on the whistle whilst the 21 different gamers at the box walked. He can have some damage to kind out.

43’: Yellow for Filipe Luis

Brazil’s Filipe Luis joins Alvarez within the referee’s pocket book with a lunging toe stab at Vela. Stopped the assault, on the other hand, so possibly it was once value it.

42’: Brazil Nook Cleared

The similar is right for its corners … Brazil’s 3rd of the day is definitely handled by means of Marquez.

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Mexico’s Hugo Ayala tumbles in entrance of Philippe Coutinho within the first part.

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41’: Brazil Assault Fizzles Once more

Brazil’s one-touch, give-and-go recreation is international elegance up to now. It’s crossing, on the other hand, is highschool fitness center elegance, and so any other second that gave us all hope fades away.

40’: Neymar’s Loose Kick Is going Huge

Neymar takes the unfastened kick himself, however its a pair yards prime and a pair yards extensive. No downside for Ochoa, who is excited to observe is sail previous.

39’: Yellow for Alvarez

Neatly , not anything ticky-tack about that one: Alvarez tries to chop Neymar in part. He doesn’t be triumphant, however does organize to convey him down. That’ll be a yellow for the best again, which can make his task — conserving Neymar in take a look at — slightly a little tougher.

38’: Each Facets Getting Bodily

And the ticky-tack ankle-clipping portion of the sport has begun. The referee Gianliuca Rocchi offers a caution: yellow playing cards to return.

35’: Lozano Switches Facets

Mexico’s Hirving Lozano over at the left now, the place he’s promptly whacked by means of Fagner. “Welcome to this facet. That is how we roll over right here,” he says. “You could be extra at ease again over there.”

33’: Two Saves for Ochoa as Brazil Assaults

Double save for Guillermo Ochoa and Mexico! Brazil’s ball feints paintings once more, and lead to a couple of pictures for Gabriel Jesus and Coutinho. Mexico blocks each, despite the fact that, and breathes a sigh of reduction.

31’: Mexico Takes a Breath

After any other foiled assault from Brazil, Alvarez, stalling on a throw at midfield, makes the common “simply relax a sec” sign. Perhaps he’s correct. He will have been chatting with each groups.

26’: Coutinho Fires … Top

A Brazil unfastened kick leads to a few extra scrambling: an ungainly header, an Ochoa save, a Gabriel Jesus shot after he collects the rebound, and a kick save by means of Ayala — the middle again — to stay it out. Coutinho we could everybody catch their breath by means of blasting THAT rebound prime over the bar.

25’: Neymar Makes His Transfer

Ooooh Neymar. He simply crossed over Alvarez there like some degree guard within the open court docket. (Alvarez, to his everlasting credit score, didn’t fall over.) However Ochoa is out to make himself simply sufficiently big to dam the shot. Tremendous transfer, tremendous save.

23’: Mexico’s Counterattack

About the ones Mexico counterattacks: they’ll almost definitely wish to pass quicker, extra urgently, when they are able to to take a look at to catch Brazil, which gained’t find it irresistible anymore than Germany did. However the drained legs and 3 video games within the team is also appearing a little; the tempo simply isn’t there up to now.

21’: Mexico Assists in keeping Working

Some other breakout for Mexico — that is the place they are able to be at their most threatening — however the runs don’t have the similar tempo as those that tormented Germany within the opening recreation. Nonetheless, the secondary buildup produces an opportunity — Herrera pulls a ball round a sliding Miranda simply in facet the highest of the realm, however pulling the cause takes a beat too lengthy, and his try is blocked.

18’: Herrera Blocked

Loopy attacking series by means of Mexico there: Vela unhealthy header, Chicharito overhead kick from the sideline to Guardado within the heart, one-touch to Vela, go to Herrera for a shot. Which is blocked. Looks like we deserved higher in spite of everything that.

13’: Risk for Brazil

Just a little extra risk for Brazil there, as a go proves troubling problematic. Mexico with a nook, however Brazil’s profitable all of those aerial battles for now.

12’: New Glance

Simply to explain: Salcedo is the blond Mexican in protection. Chicharito is the blond Mexican in assault.

11’: Mexico Competitive

Risk for Brazil there, as they misplaced Chicharito down the left. However they scramble again and Miranda, shedding his footing within the space, pokes the ball off his toes simply lengthy sufficient for a teammate to transparent.

nine’: Danger From Vela

Nice run by means of Carlos Vela up the left results in the realm; he gave the impression stunned, nearly, that Fagner let him in so simply.

At the nook that follows, a header sails prime into the air and Alisson and Chicharito struggle for it. The large Brazilian keeper wins that struggle each time.

7’: Marquez Cast within the Heart

Marquez has parked himself in entrance of the middle backs, Ayala and Salcedo, as a deep-lying midfielder/forward-covering heart again. He’ll be there all day, offering duvet and steerage as Brazil fees in.

five’: Neymar Kicks a Knuckleball

A giveaway by means of Mexico offers Neymar an open take a look at the highest of the penalty space. THIS IS NOT A GOOD STRATEGY MEXICO! His knuckling shot fools Ochoa a little, but it surely’s directly at him, so he simply punches it away.

four’: Neymar Tumbles

And Neymar takes his first dramatic tumble to win a unfastened kick. It gained’t be his remaining.

three’: Chicharito Flattens Fagner

Fagner will get run over, and stepped on, by means of Chicharito as he tries to wreck around the midfield stripe. Sorry no longer sorry, Hernandez says. Loose kick for Brazil.

2’: Nook for Mexico

That one from Guardado is best: he will get in quicker, and sends in a deadly go that Alisson has to dive to poke away. The clearance will get Mexico a nook despite the fact that, which they promptly waste.

1’: Mexico Pushes Early

Mexico will get us going and tries to spring Guardado down the left. However he’s were given no choice, and ran a little deep, after which kicks the ball out himself for a objective kick. Mexico will wish to be direct once more, despite the fact that. However loner runs like which can be simple for Brazil to deal with.

Brazil’s Beginning Lineup

There’s affirmation that Brazil makes just one trade, sending out Filipe Luis for the injured Marcelo.

1 Alisson (Roma)

2 Thiago Silva (Paris St Germain)

three Miranda (Inter Milan)

five Casemiro (Actual Madrid)

6 Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid)

nine Gabriel Jesus (Manchester Town)

10 Neymar (Paris St Germain)

11 Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona)

15 Paulinho (Barcelona)

19 Willian (Chelsea)

22 Fagner (Corinthians)

Mexico’s Beginning Lineup

13 Guillermo Ochoa (Same old Liege)

2 Hugo Ayala (Tigres)

three Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt)

four Rafael Marquez (Atlas)

11 Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC)

14 Javier Hernandez (West Ham)

16 Hector Herrera (Porto)

18 Andres Guardado (Actual Betis)

21 Edson Alvarez (The usa)

22 Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven)

23 Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey)

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