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Neymar leads Brazil into seventh straight quarterfinal

03 Juillet 2018

Now that the group phase has concluded, teams have entered the knockout phase.

"It's magnificent how he's playing, especially after three and a half months on the sidelines", PSG teammate Silva said.

Another added: "It's either watching dolphins flop around at SeaWorld or watching Brazil play". They caused problems for Brazil, too, initially.

As the half wore on, Mexico's intensity deceased and the game opened up for Brazil. Brazil finished fourth in the cup in 2014, but crashed out in the quarterfinals in 2006 and 2010.

Lozano was to prove a constant menace down Mexico's right, with only a Filipe Luis block preventing him from providing the final flourish to a flowing counter-attack.

With a goal and an assist, Neymar propelled Brazil into the quarterfinals of a tournament it has won five times. "We just lost a very important game".

He could do nothing moments later when Willian drove into the box and sent a low cross which Neymar poked home at the far post.

Messi did not score in that last-16 game and endured a miserable time of it in Kazan. With most popular teams including Germany, Argentina, Portugal and Spain exiting the World Cup early - soccer fans had pinned their hope on the five-time champions.

While Layun didn't receive a caution for his action, he clearly stepped on Neymar and enabled a stoppage that halted some of Mexico's momentum. The theatrics he brings onto the field might actually give a complex to a professional stage actor. The Mexican picked up the ball with his foot on Neymar's ankle. The referee and the VAR saw nothing malicious and no card was shown to Layun.

"Great player but can't stand him", they said. "Some goal celebration that would be against them", one fan wrote.

According to The Guardian, the 26-year-old, who was accused of feigning injury in the World Cup round of 16 match, pays no attention to the criticism he's had for his perceived play acting.

Yet he answered a number of questions with his display and a decisive finish early in the second half from a move that he had started himself. With Mexico pushing numbers forward, Neymar and Firmino were launched on a counterattack and when Neymar's right-footed shot from the left side strayed, Firmino was there to tap it in to secure the win. With 88 minutes on the clock, the substituted Roberto Firmino cemented the lead with a fluky touch that came after Ochoa denied Neymar.

And Esporte columnist Mauricio Stycer labelled the 2002 World Cup winner's dual role as a representative of Jesus and co-commentator as a conflict of interest.

The quality of Brazil's attack was much-hyped before the tournament, and rightly so. "It's very hard to come back the way he's done". Credit must also be given to Tite, who made sure that the team's defence was sorted before the tournament.

Neymar leads Brazil into seventh straight quarterfinal