Mexico coach rips 'clown' Neymar for milking injury

FIFA World Cup 2018: Neymar has returned to a very high level, says Brazil coach Tite ahead of Mexico clash

Result: Brazil see off Mexico to reach World Cup quarter-finals

"Yesterday when the games finished I thought. maybe in our game it's going to be the same with Neymar", Silva said.

Neymar's right-foot shot was stopped by Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa only moments before the Brazil playmaker rolled a pass to Philippe Coutinho, who fired over the goal in the 26th minute.

It looked like Neymar's game - or even his World Cup - could be over with 20 minutes to go. But with Mexico's impressive performance in this edition and many dubbing it as a "World of the underdogs", many were hoping them to qualify in the third round as well.

The latest chapter in a bulging catalogue of histrionic behaviour came in the second half, when Mexico midfielder Miguel Layun appeared to step on his ankle as he lay prone.

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are no longer part of the FIFAWorld Cup 2018, but Neymar has been flying high so far in the tournament.

Neymar then showed his unselfish side, crossing for Robert Firmino to score in the 88th minute.

Brazil: Alisson 6, Fagner 6, Silva 5, Miranda 6, Luis 6, Casemiro 6, Paulinho 5, Willian 8, Coutinho 5, Neymar 8, Jesus 5.

"This is a strong sport, a man's sport and I think there shouldn't be much acting".

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"In the last two matches I didn't talk to the press because there are too many people talking, getting excited". 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.

The match had been billed as a duel between Neymar and Javier Hernandez, but the West Ham striker was more noticeable for his platinum-dyed blond hair, a choice also made by central defender Carlos Salcedo, before being replaced in the second half.

Brazil will face Belgium or Japan - who meet in Rostov-on-Don in the day's second match (19:00 BST) - in their last-eight tie in Kazan on Friday.

Mexico, who enjoyed an enviable recent record against Brazil having won seven of their previous 15 matches against them, were a threat on the counter in the first half but then faded without ever really being put to the sword. "We were maybe not very efficient and we didn't have that extra quality that they had coming to our goal".

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Against Mexico, Neymar burst into life after Brazil weathered early pressure from opponents determined to end a 32-year wait to reach the quarter-finals.

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