Brazil booked their place in the quarter finals by defeating Mexico 2-0 at the Samara arena, courtesy of goals from Neymar and Firmino.
The first half was quite uneventful. The game started well with Mexico taking the initiative but not worrying goalkeeper Alisson too much. Brazil did not make the same mistakes Germany did. They committed few men to corners and always made sure they could contain the Mexican counterattacks. Half way through the first half, Brazil took the game to Mexico this time. They created some scoring chances but Ochoa kept the score at 0-0.
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As the game resumed in the second half, the Brazilians concretized their creativity by scoring in the 51st minute. Willian and Neymar combined beautifully and the Brazilian ace put his country one goal up. From then on, Brazil continued to control the Mexicans and contain their fast attackers. On a counter attack in the 88th minute, Roberto Firmino scored the second goal to kill the game.
Brazilian fans will have been wary since before the game their team lost one of their best players, left back Marcelo, to a back injury. A faulty mattress is being blamed. Add to this the absence of PSG right-back Dani Alves and it looked like Brazil would have a tough time against a very pacy Mexican frontline. However, Felipe Luis and Fagner showed they were up to the task, doing their part in containing Mexico.
Brazilian coach Tite will be happy his tactics to control the Mexicans worked well. The Mexican attack looked blunt and Brazil deservedly go to the next round. While this has not been a spectacular game from Brazil, it was a job well done!
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