Neymar Had His Ankle Stepped On, Then Stepped on Mexico's Throat

Neymar Had His Ankle Stepped On, Then Stepped on Mexico's Throat

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.

Mexico has crashed out of the soccer World Cup in Russian Federation after losing 2-0 to five-time champions Brazil in the southern city of Samara today.

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.

For the seventh World Cup in a row, it goes out in the round of 16, undone once again by the curse of the quinto partido-the failure to reach the fifth game. It turned out to be pure histrionics.

Second-half goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino have earned Brazil a 2-0 victory over Mexico in Monday's World Cup last-16 tie in Samara. But not before trying a stamp on Layun himself.

Brazil's match victor Neymar clearly thinks Mexico players "talked too much" before their round of 16 defeat on Monday afternoon.

Mexico looked to put pressure on Brazil in the early stages, but it was the South Americans who created the first chance on five minutes.

Mexico's Miguel Layun approached to grab the ball and, in the process, stood on the superstar's ankle. "How we use him is very important in a tournament like this, when we have very little time to recover between games".

Neymar proceeded to roll around like he'd been shot, as commentators could only watch on astounded.

"This is a game of men that is played with intensity and not with so much clowning". They caused problems for Brazil, too, initially.

Brazil coach Tite defended his player, saying: "Neymar hasn't done anything". A video review reversed the decision to award a penalty kick and Neymar's frustrations a few minutes later led to a yellow card.

Neymar, who was given the lowest score by users of the BBC Player Rater, said the Brazilian players "have to learn to suffer".

Neymar was the architect, crossing for Firmino, who is becoming something of a "supersub" for Brazil, to tap the ball home. "He just has to play, when it's a situation about refereeing that's [the coaches'] responsibility to talk about it". Tite came to join him.

"Being able to play at such a level against a team like Brazil really shows that Mexico is a good team", Osorio said. "We were maybe not very efficient and we didn't have that extra quality that they had coming to our goal".

Brazil will take on Belgium in a mouth-watering quarter-final encounter on Friday.

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