Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Veteran starts for Mexico against Brazil

Veteran starts for Mexico against Brazil

In the end, Mexico leaves Russian Federation with consecutive scoreless matches.

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

In the scorching conditions in Samara, the Mexicans, who started with 39-year-old Rafael Marquez, made a frenetic start but were unable to convert their chances. Brazil knocked Mexico out of the tournament with a 2-0 victory. "Some goal celebration that would be against them", one fan wrote.

Roberto Firmino added the second in an 88th-minute counter-attack when Guillermo Ochoa could only direct Neymar's shot into his path. Neymar was starting to showcase his talents but he was left writhing in pain after a tussle with second-half replacement Miguel Layun.

With that, Mexico exits the World Cup at an all too familiar stage and will have to wait another four years until Qatar 2022 to have another shot at World Cup glory.

Neymar scored one goal and created another as his increasingly impressive Brazil side overpowered the Mexicans 2-0 in sweltering conditions.

The five-time World Cup champions will next face Belgium in the quarterfinals on Friday in Kazan.

After a scoreless first half, El Tri conceded its first goal in the 51st minute of the match before Brazil scored again in the 88th minute, ensuring that there would be no way for Mexico to force a draw and extend the match into extra time.

Once Brazil took the lead, they dominated the play.

His run across goal and clever backheel won Willian space, and the Chelsea midfielder only needed two touches to drive into box and lay the ball across for the world's most expensive player to slide home. In a delayed reaction, Neymar made the most of Layun stepping on his ankle, rolling around with his hand covering his eyes.

"This is a game of men that is played with intensity and not with so much clowning". A video review reversed the decision to award a penalty kick and Neymar's frustrations a few minutes later led to a yellow card.

But after dominating the first 20 minutes of an entertaining opening period, Brazil came back into the match, bossing the final stages of the half.

There is nothing wrong with having a player of Firmino's quality on the bench, and if he can come late in games to tire and already flagging opposition defence, then it's an ideal scenario.

It can have no complaints about its loss to Brazil, though; the Brazilians were the better team and looked fresher even at the end.

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