Neymar unfazed by critics after sweet and sour display downs Mexico

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Brazil has advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals with a 2-0 win over Mexico.

Brazil's midfielder Casemiro and Mexico's midfielder Andres Guardado vie for the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 2, 2018.

Mexican Miguel Layun came to take the ball and sneakily put his toe on Neymar's ankle. "They talked a lot but now they're going home".

"He was down and I touched him looking for the ball, I know all about his talents but I also know his tricks".

Osorio went on to state: "I think it's a shame for football".

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Neymar now has 15 goals in 16 games for club and country this year, showing exactly why Tite has persisted with him in this World Cup, despite below-par performances against Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

And the former Barcelona man, whose histrionics upset the Mexican players and coaches, was involved in the second goal to seal victory with his poke towards goal falling to substitute Roberto Firmino to tap the ball into an empty net. "He allowed too many "fake" faults".

Brazil manager Tite believed Neymar was treated unfairly, stating: "I saw what happened". I don't care about the criticism because this can influence my attitude.

"I just want to play and I help my team-mates, I have to help my team and that's what I am here for, nothing else". Just six minutes after the start of the play, Brazil took the lead. Vela and Lozano did extremely well to put pressure on Brazil from the wings. Paulinho, who makes those surging runs through the centre, was forced to be in line with Casemiro, who sits ahead of the defence.

For Brazil Neymar had an effort palmed away by the outstanding Guillermo Ochoa.

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The breakthrough came shortly after half-time when Willian fired in a risky cross from the left after speeding past Ayala, with Neymar sliding in behind team-mate Gabriel Jesus to poke Brazil in front.

Brazil defender Thiago Silva meanwhile heaped praise on Neymar, who only returned to playing shortly before the tournament following an injury layoff of more than three months.

As the half wore on, Mexico's intensity deceased and the game opened up for Brazil.

While his scoring is so often the focus, Neymar also creates goals for his teammates.

Osorio has made two changes from the side that began the 3-0 loss to Sweden in Group F last time out, one of which was enforced, with Hector Moreno serving a suspension.

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