Preview - Brazil vs Mexico 02 July 18

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Jul 02, 2018, 01:53 PM Last Edit: Jul 02, 2018, 01:55 PM by Harry85
World Cup Last 16
Brazil vs Mexico
Monday, July 2nd, 2018
23:00pm, (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Samara Arena

Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match last ten: 2.00
Average goals against per match last ten: 0.20
Top Scorer: Neymar (56)

Last five matches form: W L W W L
Average goals per match last ten: 0.90
Average goals against per match last ten: 0.70
Top Scorer: Javier Hernández (49)

The last 16 continues in Russia with what is potentially one of the most entertaining clashes of the round as Brazil take on Mexico. We have already had a couple of shocks at this year's finals, but will we be in for another here?

These two sides have a rich history of clashes having met 28 times in total in the past. Unsurprisingly the five-time World Champions edge the head to head with 16 wins. Having beaten the Selecao eight times in the past though, Mexico certainly aren't without hope.

Both sides look likely to be forced into a reshuffle at the back with Marcelo out injured for Brazil and Héctor Moreno suspended for Mexico.

Tite's men must also do without Douglas Costa.

Mexico had begun this tournament in excellent style, although given their subsequent performances that opening win over Germany perhaps now doesn't look as good as it did at the time, and they were dreadful against Sweden last time out.

Brazil are yet to really hit full stride themselves having only really shown the odd flash of inspiration. With Neymar a peripheral figure so far, it has been left to Philippe Coutinho to carry the can in terms of goals and assists. Neymar simply has too much ability not to be a major factor at some stage though and we wouldn't be at all surprised to see him catch fire in this game.

Brazil look both better at the back and going forward than Mexico and we don't expect too much drama here with Tite's men fancied to progress in straightforward fashion.

Prediction: Brazil 2 - 0 Mexico


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots: 22 - 14
Shots on target: 16 - 9
Corner Kicks: 8 - 7
Possession: 49% - 51%

Filip Luis and Casemiro were booked for Brazil, whilst Mexico's Edson Alvarez, Hector Herrrera, Carlos Salcedo and Andres Guardado all had their names taken by referee Gianluca Rocchi.

Mexico certainly turned up for this one and were infinitely better than in their previous defeat to Sweden. In the end though the tournament favourites simply had too much and came out deserved victors having registered an impressive 16 shots on target.

Half chances for both sides in the first half, but nothing really clear cut, Miranda doing well to charge down a Mexican effort on goal and Neymar forcing a save from Ochoa. 0-0 at the break.

The opener came in the 51st minute. Nice work from Neymar to take two markers with him when drifting inside before backheeling into the path of Willian. Willian tearing into the left-hand side of the box before whipping a low cross across goal. Neymar the man arriving to finish on the stretch. A goal which now makes Brazil the all time top scorers in World Cup Finals history.

Then in the 88th minute Neymar turned creator to end Mexico's hopes. This time it was the Brazilian talisman making his way into the left-hand side of the area and stabbing the ball across Ochoa. The keeper got slight fingertips to the ball but only diverted it into the path of substitute Roberto Firmino to slot into the empty net.

Same old story for Mexico who incredibly go out in the Round of 16 for the seventh World Cup in a row.

Onwards and upwards for Brazil who now meet Belgium in what looks to be the pick of the Quarter Finals.

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