Brazil coasted past Mexico into the World Cup quarter-finals without ever having to reach top gear in sweltering Samara.
Neymar broke the deadlock shortly after the break having started the move with a lovely backheel to Willian. The Chelsea star then crossed along the six yard box and Neymar was on hand to tap in from close range.
The PSG striker was again in the thick of the drama as he reacted theatrically after Miguel Layun appeared to deliberately tread on him when fetching the ball back. Nothing was given and it ended up being a flashpoint in an otherwise routine victory as Tite’s side advanced to the next round and Mexico were eliminated round of 16 for the seventh time in succession. Roberto Firmino tucked in the second from close-range late on after Neymar burst clear to provide the assist.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
Brazil: Alisson, Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luís, Paulinho (Fernandinho), Casemiro, Coutinho (Firmino), Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar
Unused subs: Geromel, Renato Augusto, Marcelo, Marquinhos, Danilo, Cássio, Fernandinho, Fred, Firmino, Freda, Ederson
Bookings: Filipe Luis, Casemiro
Goals: Neymar (51), Firmino (88)
Mexico: Ochoa, Álvarez (J dos Santos), Ayala, Salcedo, Gallardo, Herrera, Márquez (Layun), Guardado, Vela, Hernández (Jimenez), Lozano
Unused subs: Corona, Gutiérrez, G dos Santos, Fabián, Talavera, Corona, Peralta, Aquino
Bookings: Herrera, Alvarez, Salcedo
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi.