Brazil booked their place in the quarter finals of the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Mexico in a great game at the Samara Arena. Brazil were in control for most of the game with Neymar and Roberto Firmino getting the goals.
Mexico started the game very lively, created some good opportunities, got into some good positions and counter attacked. Mexico worked hard to retain possession of the ball after they lost it. They were in control of the game for the first 20-25 minutes. They defended exceptionally well.
As the first half went on, Brazil grew into the game with some dangerous through balls and some excellent quick feet. Brazils first chance when Neymar used excellent skill to get through a few Mexican players and tried to finesse it into the bottom right but it didn’t trouble Ochoa.
Another chance fell to Brazil towards the end of the first half when Jesus nearly scored but the Mexican defenders were quick to react in which was a real goalmouth scramble.
Brazil were the far superior side in the second half. Brazil thoroughly dominated the second half to a huge extent, they created several chances.
It took Brazil ten minutes after the break to open the scoring. A great run in from Willian gave him the opportunity to play a dangerous ball across the box towards Gabriel Jesus who missed leaving Neymar to tap it in. Neymar was in the right place at the right time to prod it home.
Brazil were carving Mexico open with some killer through balls and ran the show with some great plays. In fairness to Mexico, they didn’t give up and they kept pressing. Guillermo Ochoa was keeping Mexico in the contest with some excellent saves. He was certainly the star of the show for the Mexicans.
Brazil went two up in the dying embers of the game. A quick break from Neymar led him trying to neatly put it into the bottom right but Ochoa read the shot very well and clipped it off his foot, falling to the feet of Roberto Firmino who tapped it in, identical to Neymars goal.
This was the goal that wrapped up the game for Brazil, sending them into the quarter finals of the tournament.
Both teams lined out in a 4-3-3 formation but Brazil reverted to a 4-4-1-1 formation in the second half with Coutinho pushed out to the left and Neymar in the number 10 position, supporting Gabriel Jesus.
Mexico started the game very well, they looked very determined. They showed a great amount of fight but couldn’t match Brazils quality.
Brazil showed a weak link in right back Fagner. He lacked in strength and timing. He was very slow to react as well. He improved throughout the second half but he needs a stern chat from Tite as the better teams will exploit this.
Writer’s Man of The Match: Willian
Personally Willian was my man of the match because he was the man playmaker for Brazil. He showed great passion and was involved for the first goal. He went on some great runs and is a very energetic player.
This lines Brazil up with a game against either Belgium/Japan, depends on that result.
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