It was Neymar’s day on the third day of the knock out round of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Monday.
Neymar not only scored the first of two goals scored by his team but also played an instrumental role in the second goal by Roberto Ferminho to give the five times World Champions fourth consecutive win in five matches between the two teams. Mexico has never won against Brazil in the history of World Cup. So much so the Mexicans are yet to score a goal against Brazil in the World Cup.
Brazil’s 2-0 win assured them a berth in quarter finals. The South American soccer powerhouse has never failed to make the last eight round since 1990.
After a barren first half, Brazil took the lead in the 51st minute. It was Brazil’s 227th goal in the history of the World Cup and makes them the highest scorer of team goals pushing Germany to second position.
Mexico, looking for its first ever World Cup goal against Brazil, was little slower in the second. In fact, the first 15 minutes of the game belonged to the Central American team. But once the Brazilians took command, they never looked back.
Leading 1-0, it was Neymar, who with his theatrics, had the game suspended for almost two minutes. Writhing in pain as if his toe has been hurt or fractured, Neymar had all the attention. The Video referees, however, could not find Mexican responsible for his theatrics on sidelines.
Instead of going out for treatment, neymar not only stayed on but also paved way for the second goal in the 81st minute. His goalward pass got slight deflection and went to Roberto Ferminho who made no mistake in slamming the ball home to seal the fate of Mexico. It was Roberto Ferminho’s first World Cup goal