The five time champions didn’t allow another surprise in the tournament. Brazil are still in the World Cup and they are serious contenders. They didn’t win with ease against the Mexicans, but they were much better than their opposition and they deserved the win.
Mexico started strong in this game. They had a few chances at the beginning because of their high pressing. We saw glimpses of their great performance against Germany in the first round. Hirving Lozano, Carles Vela and Chicharito were all very dangerous but weren’t lucky enough to score.
When you have Filipe Luis as a backup, you really have a good team. The Atletico Madrid defender was one of the best on the pitch. Marcelo will surely be needed in the next game, but the Brazilians should be calm because they have another amazing player.
Neymar has played maybe his best game of the tournament. We saw him penetrating through Mexico’s defense easily. He keeps getting better and it seems like the best is yet to come.
On the other hand Willian has definitely played his best game yet. He had a first half to forget, but when he came from the break he was amazing. The Mexican defenders couldn’t find a way to stop him. His great game resulted in a nice run into Mexico’s defense and assist to Neymar for the first goal.
Mexico tried to equalize but the Brazilians were very good in the defense. Tite has created a balanced side, with so many different qualities. At this rate, it is hard to see Brazil not winning the World Cup.
Near the end of the game, Firmino came in and scored on the rebound. He is finding the spaces that Gabriel Jesus can’t and maybe it is time to see Roberto Firmino from the start in the quarterfinal.
Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Casemiro, Paulinho (Fernandinho), Coutinho (Firmino); Willian (Marquinhos), Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.
Ochoa; Alvarez (J. Dos Santos), Ayala, Salcedo, Gallardo; R. Marquez (Layun), Guardado, Herrera; Hirving Lozano, Vela, Chicharito (R. Jimenez).
There it is. Mexico didn’t qualify to the quarterfinals in a World Cup again. Maybe after 36 years they will do that in Qatar. Contrarily, Brazil have made it 6 times in a row. They will face Belgium/Japan in the quarterfinal and then if they win, they would play against France/Uruguay. Brazil are a lot better then the last time and if Neymar and Coutinho keep getting better, they should win the whole thing.