Twitter reacts as Brazil defeat Mexico in the Round of 16

FIFA World Cup 2018: Neymar has returned to a very high level, says Brazil coach Tite ahead of Mexico clash

Neymar now has two goals at the 2018 World Cup and will look to add to his tally in the last-eight match on Friday when they will meet the victor of Belgium's clash against Japan.

The five-time winners also surpassed Germany's World Cup record of 226 World Cup goals, moving on to 228 after Neymar and Firmino's strikes. Only one of those previous games ended 0-0 and this one wouldn't either after Neymar scored the game's first goal in the 51st minute.

Neymar yelped in pain and writhed around on the ground, even though it appeared obvious that Layun, whose heel was on the ground, could not have put any real weight on his opponent.

Former Manchester United player Eric Cantona devoted several social media posts to ridiculing the Brazilian in recent days.

Just like they did with their superbly-worked opening goal.

With 20 minutes left to play, Mexico's Miguel Layun stepped on Neymar's balky ankle. The Paris Saint-Germain star drew several defenders as he ran across the edge of the area with the ball at his feet.

Mexico never really recovered from that.

Brazil picked up where they had left off after the restart, Coutinho testing Ochoa with a fierce drive after cutting in from the left.

"We hope we'll be as inspired as those other strikers".

Firmino's tap-in brought Brazil's all-time World Cup goals tally to 228.

With a goal and an assist, Neymar propelled Brazil into the quarterfinals of a tournament it has won five times. Television pictures showed a slight brush on his ankle but his reaction seemed like he'd been run over by a auto. I think this is a very negative example for the world of football and all the children who are following this game. "Come on young man you're better than that, get on with the game".

The rest of the press conference followed that theme. "I will respond to the allegation".

Neymar himself claimed the criticism was part of a campaign to "undermine" him at the World Cup. I am entitled to give my opinion but I didn't mention him (Neymar) by name.

It was those stoppages that Osorio blamed for Mexico losing momentum. "At the top level this is a lot", he said. "He allowed too many "fake" faults".

"We feel proud of having gone toe-to-toe and having created chances [against Brazil]", the 39-year-old said.

Mexico: Ochoa 9, Alvarez 5, Salcedo 6, Ayala 6, Gallardo 5, Herrera 6, Marquez 5, Lozano 7, Vela 7, Guardado 6, Hernandez 5.

It was another painful exit for Mexico, who have failed to play a fifth game at the World Cup since hosting in 1986. Brazil aren't used to facing such opposition, opposition that comes at them so relentlessly as the Mexicans were coming.

Moments later, however, Brazil went in front. The only issue was with the final ball.

Osorio had spoken before the match about attacking the Brazilian full-backs and his team was doing exactly that and finding joy. There is nothing spectacular about this side but they are efficient, know how to go up in gears and defend brilliantly as a unit with three clean sheets from four matches. Since a game against Bulgaria in 1994 that was rendered a lottery by some weird refereeing, it has faced Germany, Argentina twice and the Netherlands before Brazil, and it has not enjoyed the best of luck with refereeing decisions. Gabriel Jesus finally got some service and saw two shots blocked.

The plan was nearing ideal execution.

As Mexico threw bodies forward in search of a late leveller, Brazil took full advantage of the gaps in their backline to score a second with two minutes remaining.

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