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Neymar Had His Ankle Stepped On, Then Stepped on Mexico's Throat

Neymar Had His Ankle Stepped On, Then Stepped on Mexico's Throat

With that, Mexico exits the World Cup at an all too familiar stage and will have to wait another four years until Qatar 2022 to have another shot at World Cup glory.

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As Mexico threw bodies forward in search of a late leveller, Brazil took full advantage of the gaps in their backline to score a second with two minutes remaining. We are still in the first knockout round, yet champions Germany, Spain, Argentina and Portugal have already fallen, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have also returned home. After South Korea defeated Germany in the final game of the group stage, videos went viral of the Koreans and Mexicans celebrating the elimination of Germany together.

Second best for 24 minutes, Brazil and Neymar finally stirred into life in attack with the Paris Saint-Germain forward forcing Guillermo Ochoa into a decent stop before Gabriel Jesus' shot was blocked.

The world's most expensive player sent Brazil on their way to World Cup victory over the Central American team with his goal.

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But Costa Rica, Serbia and now Mexico have fallen before the Brazilians in order, and with Neymar scoring, Philippe Coutinho creating and a back four allowing nearly nothing, the five-time World Cup champions will be a tough out now.

The two sides are in what is widely regarded as the more hard half of the World Cup bracket, which includes France, Belgium and Uruguay as well as the two teams taking the field this afternoon.

If Brazil are going to introduce Firmino, then they might be better off adding him to the Neymar and Jesus mix, rather than him replacing one of them.

With Brazil looking to hold on to a 1-0 lead through the final whistle, Neymar would instead help his team to an insurance goal in the final minutes of the match.

Despite his praise for Mexico, Neymar was put out by a stamp suffered at the feet of Miguel Layun.

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While Layun didn't receive a caution for his action, he clearly stepped on Neymar and enabled a stoppage that halted some of Mexico's momentum.

That is not to say that they were not under the cosh in the early stages as Mexico sought to isolate the Brazilian fullbacks Fagner and Filipe Luis, who both looked vulnerable as Carlos Vela and Hirving Lozano bore down on them.

Former Manchester United player Eric Cantona devoted several social media posts to ridiculing the Brazilian in recent days.

Neymar opened the scoring for Brazil with a close-range tap-in on 50 minutes and Roberto Firmino made the game safe two minutes from time. In a delayed reaction, Neymar made the most of Layun stepping on his ankle, rolling around with his hand covering his eyes.

"We played toe-to-toe against a team like Brazil and that speaks very well of Mexico's posture and attitude", Osorio said in his news conference after the game.

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