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Brazil vs. Mexico final score, recap

03 July, 2018, 08:12 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Neymar looks through a tube at the camera in a training session

Brazil remain most likely to progress but their fans will be hopeful of an improvement in the fluency of their team's attacks.

"I think it's a shame for football", Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said of Neymar's antics.

"We are always thought as an offensive team, but we have an incredible defense", exclaimed Neymar after the game, referring to the club's third clean sheet. And I'm hoping for a good game to boot. "That had an impact on our play".

Replays showed Layun had sneakily caught Neymar while he was on his way to recovering the ball for a throw-in.

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar once again became the butt of jokes on social media when he seemingly overreacted when Mexico's Miguel Layun stepped on his ankle in the second half.

Layun was evidently in the wrong for his actions, but Neymar certainly needed putting in his place.

Mexico also had problems ahead of the game, with Hector Moreno suspended and Nestor Araujo and Diego Reyes ruled out before the tournament got underway.

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Brazil quickly looked for a second but Ochoa was keeping Mexico in the game, firstly keeping out a first-time strike from Paulinho from 12 yards before tipping a fizzing effort from Willian over the crossbar. But then it was largely back to bad Neymar, the indulgent star who flung himself to the ground at every opportunity.

Even that goal conceded against Switzerland in their opening game was a controversial one as Miranda was pushed by Steven Zuber but VAR didn't intervene much to the chagrin of the Brazilian football federation, who launched an official complaint to Fifa.

Neymar, though, had the last laugh.

As Mexico lost heart, Brazil could have added more as probing counters carved open Mexico's defence, Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro notably testing Ochoa with a drive the 'keeper blocked. This time, though, the ball fell into the path of a streaking Roberto Firmino to nudge in. But he was clearly irate by what he perceived as play-acting from Mexico's opponents.

"The game totally favoured Brazil". Only in 2002, when it met the US, was it anything other than an obvious underdog.

But after wins over defending champions Germany and South Korea in the group stage, Mexico failed to score both in the defeat to Sweden in their final group match and again today. And it was unusual to see Osorio not rotate his squad as expected.

"When the results are negative, it is a process to improve, and it'll be seen, but the most lovely thing is the union between Mexicans that we are showing, in spite of the negative noise that unfortunately garners most attention", Javier Hernandez said afterward. "We will have to wait and see what happens over the next few days".

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