Brazil v Mexico 02 July 2018

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The last eight spot was confirmed for the five-time world champions as substitute Roberto Firmino got his first World Cup goal after tapping in at the back post following Neymar's assist.

Brazil sealed their quarter-final place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Monday as they dispatched Mexico 2-0 at the Samara Arena in Russian Federation. They drew 1-1 to Switzerland in their first match in the group and were held scoreless against Costa Rica for 90 minutes before letting in two in stoppage time.

Twelve minutes before half-time and Gabriel Jesus worked himself some space in the area, but shot too close to Ochoa, before Jesus Gallardo was on hand to clear the Manchester City forward's follow-up shot off the line. Unfortunately, because of that loss, they'll now have to face Brazil, who are starting to look like the World Cup favorites as of late.

Brazil play Mexico at the Samara Arena in Monday's early game at 7.30 pm, followed by Belgium versus Japan at 11.30 pm at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don.

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The margin became more comfortable with two minutes left when Firmino - just on as a replacement for Coutinho - added the finishing touch after Neymar had led a counter-attack. The idea was to score quickly and then manage the rhythm of the game. The next match saw them facing off against South Korea, who in spite of their valiant efforts, lost 2-1 to Mexico after Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez scored for the El Tri.

He darted across the edge of the area before a flawless backheel released Willian, whose low cross fizzed into the danger area where Neymar slid in to turn the ball home. Neymar is through on goal, his shot is saved and it falls to Firmino to tap it into an empty net.

Brazil's Neymar celebrates scoring their first goal with Paulinho and Philippe Coutinho.

After their slow start it was ultimately no more than the Selecao deserved, as their bid for a sixth world title marches on.