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Mexico applied the same game plan which they used against Joachim Loew side in the first Group match when they outclassed defending champions. Juan Osorio's side dominated the game and a special mention to their goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa who palmed away many Brazilian attempts. Also, their star player Hirving Lozano created several chances but failed. Now, it's Tite's side which has progressed in the tournament and will play either Belgium or Japan.
09:21 PM IST
90+06' Final whistle!
Brazil won the game and have booked a quarter-final berth in the FIFA World Cup 2018. Mexico displayed an amazing game but lost the battle and faced the same old "curse of the fifth game" yet again.
09:15 PM IST
90' Ninty minutes have gone by and six extra minutes have been added to the game. The result is certain now! Brazil are almost through.
09:13 PM IST
BRAZIL 2-0 MEXICO
A beautiful footwork by Neymar led to the set up the second goal for Brazil. 90% marks to Neymar for his brilliant assist. Firminho must be credited for flicking the ball inside the net.
09:02 PM IST
77' YELLOW CARD to Mexican defender Carlos Salcedo for challenging Neymar.
08:57 PM IST
72' Neymar is up, fine and running.
08:55 PM IST
70' Neymar is down!
Well talking about injuries, Neymar has a history.
It's not looking major though.
08:50 PM IST
65' Guardado and Lozano creatre a chance vut no conversion.
08:48 PM IST
63' Willian's splendid chance denied by Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
08:44 PM IST
59' YELLOW CARD to Casemiro for bringing down Lozano.
08:40 PM IST
55' Injured Marcelo is watching the match from the bench. Poor lad!
55' YELLOW CARD! Hector Herrera booked for pulling back Brazilian striker Willian.
08:37 PM IST
BRAZIL 1-0 MEXICO
Brazil got the lead. Jesus slid the ball and it was none other than Brazilian striker Neymar Jr who took the advantage and scored.
08:32 PM IST
47' Brazil get a corner, Neymar in charge passed it to Coutinho but Phill hits deflected by Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. Another corner! but the ball crossed the field unattended.
08:30 PM IST
45' The second half begins!
08:27 PM IST
In each of the past six finals, Mexico have been dumped out in the second round and they will eye to get rid of the curse in the remaining 45 minutes of the game.
Who knows? Another 45 minutes or 45+30 or 45+30+penalty shootout
08:25 PM IST
Brazil vs Mexico second half is coming up!
08:20 PM IST
Tournament favourites Brazil took a long time to get going in the face of some hard-working Mexican pressing but went closest to opening the scoring when Neymar and Gabriel Jesus both had shots blocked by keeper Guillermo Ochoa.
The winners will face Belgium or Japan, who meet later on Monday, in the quarter-finals.
SHOTS ON TARGET:
08:15 PM IST
45' Forty-five minutes have gone by; It is a goalless first-half.
08:13 PM IST
43' YELLOW CARD to Brazil defender Filipe Luis for challenging Lozano.
08:11 PM IST
41' Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa denies another effort by Phillipe Coutinho.
08:05 PM IST
35' Brazil get a free kick, Neymar in charge, struck over the bar.
08:00 PM IST
30' Another massive chance!
Brazil can't win if they keep missing such chances.
07:55 PM IST
25' Crazy three minutes for Mexico.
Infinite chances for Brazil but the strikers failed to net.
Willian had a chance, Neymar's strike was deflected, Gabriel Jesus missed; Philippe Coutinho finally struck but far over the goal post.
07:50 PM IST
20' Carlos Vela and Hirving Lozano create another chance but no conversion.
Mexico are set to repeat what they did against Germany in the Group matches, It might world against Tite's side as well.
07:45 PM IST
Mexico missed a beautiful chance but continued their attack as Hirving Lozano wins the corner.
07:40 PM IST
10' In the absence of Marcelo, Brazilians are looking shaky on the pitch, and Mexico have dominated the game till now.
07:35 PM IST
05' Brazil and Mexico have met 40 times in history in which over half of those clashes ending in wins for Brazil side. (W23 L10 D7)
07:30 PM IST
00' It begins!!!
A full house at Cosmos arena.
07:25 PM IST
Both the teams are coming out of the tunnels.
It's time for the national anthem.
Brazil coach Tite made only one change from the starting line-up that beat Serbia 2-0 in their final group game with Filipe Luis stepping in to replace injured midfielder Marcelo for the World Cup last 16 clash against Mexico.
Despite a shaky start, Brazil are on track to win a record sixth World Cup and Tite is taking no chances against a Mexico side showing real promise on their march to a seventh consecutive place in the last 16.
Luis, of Atletico Madrid, steps in to replace Marcelo in the defensive midfield position after the Real Madrid player was forced off against Serbia with back spasms.
Otherwise, Brazil are unchanged, Manchester City striker Gabriel leading their attack in front of Willian, Philippe Coutinho and Neymar.
Jesus, 21, has yet to score on his World Cup debut.
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio, meanwhile, made only two changes to the side that suffered a 3-0 defeat to Sweden in their final match, giving 39-year-old Rafael Marquez his first start of this World Cup.
Marquez taking the captain's armband back from Real Betis midfielder Andres Guardado.
Mexico's only other change from the Sweden defeat, which came after a stunning 1-0 defeat of Germany and a 2-1 win over South Korea, sees Tigres defender Hugo Alaya stepping in for the suspended Hector Moreno.
Mexico have past history against them as they bid for their first place in the quarter-finals.
They have never beaten Brazil at the World Cup. Indeed the last non-Europeans to beat Brazil was Argentina in the 1990 round of 16.
In their four previous World Cup matches with Mexico, Brazil have never conceded a goal against El Tri, outscoring them 11-0 in those encounters.
Watch the preview:
Alisson Fagner, Thiago Silva, Joao Miranda (capt), Filipe Luis, Paulinho, Casemiro, Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus
Guillermo Ochoa, Jesus Gallardo, Hugo Ayala, Carlos Salcedo, Edson Alvarez, Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera, Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano