Brazil Overpower Mexico Into World Cup Quarters

Five-time World Cup winners Brazil are through to the quarterfinals at the ongoing tournament in Russia following their 2-0 win over Mexico in a last 16 clash played at the Samara Arena in Samara on Monday afternoon.

The Mexicans surprisingly had the better of the opening exchanges but they were not able to capitalise on their superiority before the Brazilians seized control in the second part of the first half.

Brazil showed their customary brilliance in flashes but the Mexico rearguard was able to repel the forays until the halftime interval.

Tite and his wards, however, upped the tempo in the second half and were immediately rewarded when star man Neymar gave his team the lead with a close range finish after good work from Chelsea winger Willian.

Mexico struggled to plot a route back into the game before substitute Roberto Firmino wrapped up the victory with full-time approaching to take Brazil into the last eight where they will face the winner of Monday night’s last 16 game between Belgium and Japan.

Mexico have now been eliminated at this stage in the last seven editions of the tournament.