By Isaac Ndou
MOSCOW: Brazil comfortably advanced to the quarterfinals of thr2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after seeing off Mexico on Monday.
Mexico started the game showing intent but nearly got a setback when Philipe Coutinho unleashed a shot towards goal but was denied by the keeper in the opening stages of the game.
The Mexican keeper’s services were once again required minutes later when Neymar slid through the defence and tested Guillermo Ochoa but he was up for the task as he produced a fine save.
The two teams continued but failed to create and solid chances and get a goal as they went to the halftime break levelled at 0-0. Brazil came back in the 2nd half looking the stronger side as Coutinho tested Ochoa early in the second half with a shot following a corner routine but Ochoa pulled off a save again.
However, the deadlock was broken in the 51st minute through Neymar who stretched his leg to round off Willian’s cross and give the Samba boys the lead.
The Mexicans tried to reply early when Carlos Vela tested Alisson’s credibility on the day following a quick counter-attack in the 62nd minute but the Brazilian shot-stopper was awake to keep out the effort.
Brazil continued their search for their second goal to seal their progression and got their reward when substitute Roberto Firmino got on the scoresheet in the 88th minute to close matters for Brazil.
The Mexicans looked guttered and could do nothing as Brazil held on to their two-goal lead and saw off the game to advance to the quarterfinals of the World showdown in Russia.