By Adeboye Amosu:
Neymar Jr and Roberto Firmino were both on target as Brazil booked their place in the quarter-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup following a 2-0 win against Mexico at the Samara Stadium on Monday.
Mexico dominated the game in the opening quarter but failed to carve out any real meaningful goal scoring opportunity.
Brazil twice came close to breaking the deadlock in the first half through Neymar and Gabriel Jesus but Guillermo Ochoa denied both men, producing fine saves.
Coutinho came close again three minutes after the break but Ochoa made a solid save to his right to keep out the playmaker’s 14-yard effort.
The Selecao took the lead in the 51st minute through a close range effort from Neymar.
Neymar played out a pass to Willian and the Chelsea man fired a low ball across the six-yard box with the former applying the final touch.
Substitute Firmino added the second two minutes from time.
The South Americans will face the winner of the Belgium versus Japan second round clash in the quarter-finals.