Brazil secured a World Cup quarterfinal slot with victory over Mexico courtesy of two second half goals from Neymar and Firmino.

Mexico started the match brightly getting off to a quick start with their threat on the counter. Lozano, Vela and Hernandez looked sharp and tested the keeper Alisson Becker setting up a cracker of the match.

The first half was played with so much fluidity with both teams creating chances.

In a magnificent atmosphere built on attacking flare, Neymar opened the scoring tapping home an inch perfect square ball from speedy winger Willian in the 56th minute.

In a frantic closing phase, Mexico were unable to force the chance that could have brought extra time, but it was Firmino who doubled the lead barely having entered as a substitute tapping in an empty net from a perfect pass from Neymar.

It ended as a disappointment for Mexico for the umpteenth time failing to go past the round of 16. Brazil will wait the winner in another last 16 duel between Belgium and Japan for a quarter-final clash.

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