As it happened: Neymar and Firmino goals see Mexico's World Cup journey ended by Brazil
Brazil take on Mexico in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup | Photo: VAVEL.

As it happened: Neymar and Firmino goals see Mexico's World Cup journey ended by Brazil

Matt Dawson
BrazilAlisson, Fagner, Silva, Miranda, Luis, Casemiro, Paulinho (Fernandinho, min. 80), Willian (Marquinhos, min. 91), Coutinho (Firmino, min. 86), Neymar, Jesus.
MexicoOchoa, Alvarez (J dos Santos, min. 55), Ayala, Salcedo, Gallardo, Marquez (Layun, min. 46), Herrera, Guardado, Vela, Lozano, Hernandez (Jimenez, min. 60).
SCORE1-0, min. 51, Neymar, 2-0, min. 88, Firmino.
REFEREEGianluca Rocchi (ITA). Yellow cards: Alvarez (min. 38), Luis (min. 43), Casemiro (min. 60), Salcedo (min. 77), Guardado (min. 92).
INCIDENTSWorld Cup last 16 encounter between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena.
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Brazil go through and will play the winner of Belgium and Japan tonight in the quarter-finals. A match-up against Roberto Martinez's side would be a treat. Neymar looks to be back to his best, and he will prove a threat for any side later in the tournament. 

Mexico are out in the last 16 for the seventh successive World Cup. No such luck again for them today. Brazil didn't look outstanding but the score line means a comfortable afternoon for them. El Tri were very good for 20 minutes but Brazil finally found their way and scored through Neymar and Firmino. Mexico didn't really look like scoring in the second period and had to force things at times. They've been great for the tournament but today was a hurdle too big for Osorio's men. 

FULL TIME: Brazil 2-0 Mexico. 

95' Lozano picks out Jimenez who takes a touch to make room for the shot but it's blocked. That will be that for Mexico. 

95' Layun swings a ball into the box towards Jimenez. It isn't met cleanly, however, and Alisson is allowed to claim with ease. 

92' Another Mexican yellow card as Guardado goes into the book for dissent. 

91' Willian is withdrawn for a defender as Marquinhos comes on. 

90' Six added minutes. We've had plenty of drama at this World Cup already. Can Mexico find two goals to take it to extra time or will Brazil hold on? 

88' Game, set and match, Brazil. The favourites for the tournament haven't been excellent today but they've made this score line look comfortable. Neymar sprints down the left, gets into the box and then pokes the ball towards goal. Ochoa gets a hand to it but Firmino is there to fire into an empty net. 


86' Layun whips a ball into the box and Fagner heads behind. Firmino is meanwhile on in place of Coutinho for Brazil. 

84' Brazil looking very comfortable at the moment. Mexico trying to force things in attack but they can't work many openings as the game approaches the final five minutes. 

80' A first Brazilian change of the game. Fernandinho replaces Paulinho. 

77' Salcedo is shown a yellow card for bringing down Neymar. 

72' A break in play as Neymar displays his characteristic dramatics. Layun tries to get the ball back off him after it goes out of play and the Mexican stands ever so slightly on his ankle, which provokes multiple rolls on the floor from the PSG man. Embarrassing. 

70' So close for Mexico! Herrera gets down the right hand channel and drags the ball back into the area. It comes off Thiago Silva and then Guardado's effort is blocked. A good opportunity goes begging. 

68' Willian is proving difficult to deal with for Mexico. He does really well to get Brazil forward and then find Neymar but his shot deflects wide. 

63' Ochoa is forced into action as he makes a good save to deny Willian, forcing it out for a corner. Gaps opening for Brazil now on a regular basis. 

61' Good football from Lozano who drives forward and has a shot blocked. It then opens up for Vela who tries to curl one but Alisson tips it over the bar. 

60' A final substitution for Mexico. Raul Jimenez is on for Javier Hernandez. 

60' Casemiro is shown a yellow card for a foul on Lozano. He'll miss the next match providing Brazil go through. 

59' Almost a second for Brazil! Fagner receives the ball on the overlap and then pulls it back to Paulinho inside the area but his shot is saved by Ochoa. 

55' A second change for Mexico as Edson Alvarez is withdrawn from the action. On comes Jonathan dos Santos, once of Barcelona. 

55' Herrera pulls back Willian and earns himself a yellow card. He will miss the next match if Mexico go through. 

53' Mexico have responded well to going behind here and they could have had an equaliser. Herrera drives the ball across goal but no one can find the finishing touch following a corner. 

51' Brazil are finally ahead and it is their main main, Neymar, who has delivered! It's brilliant from Willian in the build-up who goes past Ayala with ease and then puts a ball across the face of the goal which Neymar taps home from close range.


50' Big opportunity for Mexico as Gallardo, the left back, suddenly sees play open up for him in the middle of the pitch but ignores Hernandez and Lozano either side of him and bends a shot wide of the post. 

48' Well, Guillermo Ochoa was brilliant when Mexico drew 0-0 with Brazil at the 2014 World Cup and he's had to be on top form again here. Coutinho comes inside and drives an effort which is denied by the 'keeper early on in the second half. 

46' A change at half-time for Mexico as Rafael Marquez is off in place of Miguel Layun. The latter goes in at right back with Edson Alvarez pushed forward into a defensive midfield position. If Mexico lose today then that will be the end of Marquez's 22 year long international career! 

46' Underway in the second half. 

Mexico started the first half really brightly, pressing high and not allowing Brazil to play. They looked good on the counter again but the Brazilian's started to come into the half well towards the end of it. All to play for in the second period. 

HALF TIME: No added time at the end of the first half. Brazil 0-0 Mexico. 

43' Mexico lead a counter attack and Lozano finds Vela on the right but Luis steams through the former Arsenal man and brings about a caution. 

38' Alvarez goes through Neymar strongly and receives the first yellow card of the game. 

35' Coutinho again finds a little pocket of space but his effort is closed down and goes behind for a corner. 

33' Mexico living dangerously at the moment as Jesus's effort is saved by Ochoa and then Coutinho fails to squirm the rebound home.

31' Neymar tries to take on the young Edson Alvarez in the penalty area but the right back makes a brilliant tackle to deny him going any further. 

30'  Vela gets more space on the left but instead of driving at his man and finding a team mate, opts to go for goal and blazes it high and wide. 

26' Brazil finding their rhythm now and they create a few opportunities in the same phase of play. Coutinho's free-kick bounces around and forces Ochoa to punch the ball away. It only goes as far as Jesus, however, but Mexico manage to see out the danger after the Manchester City forward's strike. 

25' Best opening of the game so far for Brazil as Neymar skins two Mexican defenders and then bears down on goal but forces a great save from Ochoa. 

22' It's all Mexico so far and Fagner is having a torrid time against Carlos Vela on Brazil's right hand side. He drives inside and finds Herrera on the edge of the box but again a Mexican effort on goal is blocked. 

18' Outstanding counter-attack from the Mexican's as they clear the corner and then Vela and Hernandez combine to get El Tri away. The ball works its way out to Lozano on the right but his attempt on goal is blocked. 

17' A first Brazilian corner as Willian drives at Gallardo down the right and then has his cross blocked by Salcedo. 

15' Mexico have started very brightly. Guardado pings a cross-field ball to Lozano which is taken down brilliantly by the PSV man. He drives at Luis and then tries to pick out Hernandez in the box but it just evades him. 

11' Hernandez gets space to run down the left channel and as he comes inside Miranda does well to halt Mexico in their tracks. 

9' The resulting corner comes in and is headed goalwards by Salcedo. Hernandez looks to put Alisson under pressure but is adjudged offside. 

9' Carlos Vela gets the beating of Fagner on the left hand side and gets to the byline before winning a corner for Mexico. 

5' Neymar springs into life, finding space on the edge of the box to line up a shot. His effort moves a little in the air and forces Ochoa to beat the ball away. 

2' An early chance for Mexico as Guardado's cross is punched away by Alisson but only as far as Lozano, who sets himself up but sees his shot blocked from a promising position on the right. 

1' Let the fun and games begin, underway in Samara. 

In amongst the anthems, I've spotted another Mexican who has gone for the bleach blonde look, centre half, Carlos Salcedo! Let's see if this look will bring an end to six straight last 16 exits for Mexico. Kick-off is moments away. 

The teams are on their way out in Samara, we are moments away from this hugely anticipated last 16 tie! 

Also something which I'm sure will spark debate is Javier Hernandez and Miguel Layun's choice to dye their hair bleach blonde. It certainly looks intriguing! 

Lots of debate over the decision to include Marquez in the squad today. He is the only man to captain his country at five World Cup finals and it'll be interesting to see whether he can match the pace of what is expected to be a high tempo affair. Juan Carlos Osorio stressed after the game against Sweden that he regretted not playing with a defensive midfielder. It appears he doesn't want to make the same mistake against Brazil. 

Brazil have won the World Cup five times, and with Spain, Germany, Portugal and Argentina already out - it is unlikely they will have a better opportunity to win a sixth. They'll be hoping the same Mexico side that turned up against Sweden will be what they face this afternoon. 

Will today finally be the day the Mexican's end their last 16 hoodoo? It certainly won't be easy against a team hotly tipped to lift the trophy on July 15th. This will be Mexico's 57th game at a World Cup finals - more than any other side who have yet to win the competition. Quite the stat.

Mexico make two changes to their side. The one enforced one comes in defence with Moreno suspended. Hugo Ayala takes his place. Meanwhile, Miguel Layun drops to the bench with 39-year-old Rafael Marquez starting for the first time at this tournament. That will mean a change of shape for El Tri as Marquez is expected to start in holding midfield. They had previously played with a number 10 but with that change, it means Vela and Lozano will play on the flanks in a slightly more defensive formation without an attacking midfielder. 

As expected there is no Marcelo for Brazil. Filipe Luis takes his place at left back whilst Fagner starts ahead of Danilo. The rest of the side has a familiar look to it with the likes of Coutinho and Neymar in forward areas. Jesus is again preferred to Firmino up front. 

Mexico XI: Ochoa, Alvarez, Ayala, Salcedo, Gallardo, Marquez, Herrera, Guardado, Vela, Lozano, Hernandez. 

Brazil XI: Alisson, Fagner, Silva, Miranda, Luis, Casemiro, Paulinho, Willian, Coutinho, Neymar, Jesus. 

We have news of today's line-ups! 

That's what the managers had to say. Stay with us from around an hour before kick-off for confirmed team line-ups. 

Most of the talk about Brazil's chances come down to whether Neymar performs. In Tite's pre-match press conference he said: "He played a lot, too much [at PSG]. That's the price he paid but he has resumed his maximum level of performance." 

Mexico have never been beyond the last 16 of a World Cup outside of their own country, and have exited this stage at each of the last six tournaments. Speaking about consistently getting knocked out in the last 16 Osorio told reporters: "We don't talk about the players with that respect. We knew there was a strong possibility to play against Brazil. Hopefully, we give a good account of ourselves as we face the best team in the world"

For the first time in Juan Carlos Osorio's tenure as Mexico boss (51 games) he named an unchanged side against Sweden but there will be at least one forced change when they take on Brazil. Hector Moreno will sit out through suspension with Hugo Ayala, who started against Germany and has since been replaced by Edson Alvarez, due to come back into the team. 

Brazil look set to be without Marcelo who went off injured against Serbia, and the man who replaced the Real Madrid left back in that game, Filipe Luis is likely to start. There is uncertainty over whether Danilo will play in the opposite full back position. He has recovered from a thigh problem but Fagner may be preferred. Tite could also be without Douglas Costa

Hirving Lozano has been El Tri's shining light so far at this World Cup. He scored a terrific goal against the World Champions and has been tenacious in attack. They'll need him and the likes of Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela to be in form if they are to have any chance of beating Brazil. 

Mexico started their campaign with that magnificent 1-0 win over Germany before seeing off the challenge of South Korea to win 2-1. They have been an incredibly exciting team to watch in Russia, but they did come undone against Sweden, suffering a 3-0 defeat. It's tough to predict which Mexico side will turn up, and they have the capability to self-destruct. Their fans will be hoping the side that beat Germany will turn up on Monday afternoon. 

Brazil made life difficult for themselves against Switzerland in their opening game of this World Cup, drawing just 1-1, before scoring late on to beat Costa Rica in their second match. However, they made light work of Serbia to secure qualification into the knock-out stages thanks to a 2-0 win. Neymar has yet to really get going in this tournament but it's surely only a matter of time before he gets into full flow. Philippe Coutinho has instead been their key man so far. He has two goals and one assist. 

With Germany exiting the tournament, Brazil are arguably the favourites now to win the World Cup. They haven't hit top gear yet, but they seem to be building up ahead of steam at the right time. Mexico have been impressive though, despite suffering defeat to Sweden. They have already beaten Germany in this tournament so who's to say they can't claim another scalp? 

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live text commentary of Brazil vs Mexico at the 2018 World Cup. I'm Matt Dawson and I'll be taking you through today's game which is due to kick off at 3pm BST. Keep following VAVEL for live updates.