WORLD CUP 2018: Brazil Vs Mexico, LIVE

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Brazil take on Mexico in the round of 16 of the World Cup 2018, and the five-time champions will be under pressure to perform

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Updated On:

FULL TIME: Brazil 2-0 Mexico

90' + 2': Guardado gets booked! He is given a yellow card for showing dissent. Within seconds Mexico move forward and Layun has a chance in the box, but his effort is wayward.

90' + 1': Final change by Brazil. Marquinhos replaces the impressive Willian.

90': Six minutes added on!

89': GOAL! Game, set and match for sure! Brazil break from the halfway line through Fernandinho, who passes the ball to Neymar, who runs through on goal. He is unselfish, and passes the ball to Firmino to score a tap-in.

86': Mexico have a corner after Layun's cross is headed out by Fagner, who had Lozano behind him. Meanwhile, Brazil make their second substitution. Firmino replaces Coutinho.

80': First change by Brazil. Paulinho's shift ends, and he is replaced by Fernandinho.

77': Great skill by Neymar gets his team a foul, and booking to an opposition player. On the halfway line, he beats Salcedo with a great turn, and the defender brings him down to get a yellow card.

75': Willian gets the ball again on the right. He takes on the defender, does a couple of step overs before having a goal from his left foot. But it's a dolly for Ochoa.

71': Neymar is down, and in a lot of pain! He is down on the ground, and Layun inexplicably steps on his boot to cause him further damage. 

68': Just wide! Willian goes on another sensational run from the halfway line, and plays a pass to Neymar in the box. The No.10 gets his shot away, but a deflection takes it away for a corner.

63': Another great save by Ochoa! Wilian is wrecking havoc on the right side. He beats his man with a step over and then unleashes a pile driver. But Ochoa is up to the task.

61': Mexico win the ball in the halfway line and break forward. Lozano tries his luck from distance, but the shot is blocked and Vela gets the ball. Now he has go from 25 yards out, which is tipped over the bar by Alisson for a corner. Meanwhile, Casemiro received a yellow card a minute ago for his tackle on Lozano.

58': Another decent save by Ochoa! Brazil play well in the middle, and ball goes to the right. Fagner's cross is met by Paulinho, but his effort is straight at the keeper, who makes yet another save. Final change made by Mexico. Chicharito is taken off to be replaced by Raul Jimenez.

55': Herrera gets a yellow card! Willian goes on a sensational run, but as he reaches the near the penalty box, Herrera pulls him back to get himself booked. Second change by Mexico. Dos Santos comes in for Alvarez

51': GOAL! Neymar gives his team the lead! He cuts inside from the left, before back heeling the ball to Willian. The Chelsea man shows great pace and gets in the box, before putting the ball on plate for Neymar, who taps in an empty net.

48': Brazil break from the left through Neymar, but his cross his defended well out for a corner. It's taken short and Coutinho gets beyond two defenders in the box before unleashing a shot. But again, it's well saved by Ochoa.

Mexico make a change in the break. Layun replaces Marquez

HALF TIME: Brazil 0-0 Mexico

42': Wagner tries his luck from the right side, but his cross is blocked away for a corner. Willian takes it, but it's brilliantly headed out, and Mexico go on a counter. But Felipe Luis stops the attack illegally, and gets himself a yellow card.

40': Neymar is over the set piece, which is roughly 30 yards out. It's well taken, though, his curling effort is well wide.

38': Yellow card for Alvarez! That's a poor tackle by the right back on Neymar, and the referee has no hesitation to hand him a booking.

34': Corner for Brazil! Coutinho gets the ball on the in the middle, takes two steps forward and has a go at the goal. But it's well blocked.

33': Another good save by Ochoa! Brazil play some beautiful football around the box, and Jesus is the beneficiary. He has an attempt from his left foot, but the Mexican goalkeeper again makes the save.

25': Brilliant keeping by Ochoa! Neymar shows tremendous skill down the left to bamboozle two defenders. He then gets close to the goal and has a go, but his effort is saved brilliantly by Ochoa.

19': Exceptional start by Mexico. They haven't let Brazil have much of the possession. And they haven't sit back much, breaking forward on every possible occasion.

17': Now, first corner for Brazil. Willian breaks down the right and tries to play in a cross. But it's blocked out by Gallardo.

13': Another corner for Mexico! Vela plays a sublime cross from the left side, which Herrera fails to connect with. The ball reaches the Mexico right back, but his cross is blocked away.

9': Corner for Vela! The No.11 shows a great change of pace on the left side, but Wagner recovers well to stop him from moving ahead. 

5': Neymar with the first chance for Brazil. The No.10 gets the ball in the middle of the park, and has a go at the goal from 25 yards out. It's straight at Ochoa though, who for some reasons punches the ball rather than catching.

2': Good block by Miranda! Mexico get a cross from the left side, and Alisson doesn't deal well with it. The ball falls to Lozano, whose effort is brilliantly blocked by the centre back.


Here are the starting XI's for both the teams.

Brazil take on Mexico in the round of 16 of the World Cup 2018, and the five-time champions will be under pressure to perform, given the results which the tournament has sprung till now. Spain, Portugal were knocked out by teams inferior to them, and it has shown how the underdogs can produce a result. So Mexico will feel very confident heading into this fixture.

The World Cup 2018 has arguably been one of the best ever. Only the fixture between France and Denmark witnessed a 0-0 draw, but the rest of the matches produced goals and excitement.

The introduction of VAR has brought a breath of fresh air to the tournament, though, it is still widely debated among many sectors. Group stage matches provided some really interesting moments and results.

Teams like Croatia, Mexico, Sweden and Uruguay took the tournament by storm with their performances. On the other hand, the favorites of the tournament, Argentina, Spain, Portugal looked far away from their best.

Germany, the defending champions, failed to qualify for the next round after finishing bottom of their group. It came as a major shock to the entire football world, and only added to the unpredictability World Cup can offer.

But that was group stage. Now, it's time for the knockout matches. The round of 16 begins with arguably the best fixture of the tournament. UEFA Euro 2016 finalists France take on World Cup 2014 finalists Argentina to kick off the knockout round.

It will be followed by another gruesome encounter as an out-of-sorts Portugal side take on Uruguay, who head into the tournament on the back of a perfect record in their group.

Having just scraped their way into the round of 16, Spain will play against the host nation Russia, and the fixture will definitely be hostile for the 2010 champions. Croatia and Brazil, despite topping their respective groups, have got tricky matches. They face Denmark and Mexico respectively.

Sweden and Switzerland take on each other in a nothing to lose match. Both the teams won't be expecting much from the tournament, hence, the possibility of either of them reaching quarter-finals is huge in its own rights.

Swashbuckling Belgium will take on a spirited Japan side, while the final match of the round of 16 will see a tough fixture between Colombia and England.

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