Neymar, Firmino fire Brazil to quarter-final

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Javier Hernandez following Mexico's World Cup 2014 exit

The third match against Serbia saw the Selecao go up a gear as they elegantly brushed aside a determined Serbian side 2-0, with goals from Thiago Silva and Paulinho, helping Brazil qualify on top of Group E. Brazil will be looking to earn their 6th successive quarter-final berth as they face Mexico today.

Brazil faced Mexico in a Round of 16 clash in Russian Federation, with Neymar giving them the lead in the 51st minute. They drew 1-1 to Switzerland in their first match in the group and were held scoreless against Costa Rica for 90 minutes before letting in two in stoppage time.

Brazil's forward Gabriel Jesus (right) vies with Mexico's defender Hugo Ayala during their 2018 World Cup round of 16 match at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 2, 2018.

The five-time winners also surpassed Germany's World Cup record of 226 World Cup goals, moving on to 228 after Neymar and Firmino's strikes. The idea was to score quickly and then manage the rhythm of the game.

Neymar cut an isolated figure during Brazil's disjointed start, but he exploded into life after 25 minutes, racing past Edson Alvarez in the area and forcing Ochoa into a smart save with his left hand.

After the restart, both teams showed their intent to break the deadlock with Philippe Coutinho being superbly denied by Ochoa from 12 yards and Mexico's Jesus Gallardo advancing from the halfway line before curling over the crossbar from distance. Neymar started the move by playing in Willian, who advanced into the penalty area before delivering a low cross to the back post where Neymar was able to slide in and convert from three yards.

But Osorio turned his ire on referee Gianluca Rocchi, whom he accused of leaning towards the Brazil side in his decisions.

Neymar scored the opening goal to help ensure Brazil's Russian Federation 2018 journey continued. Neymar is through on goal, his shot is saved and it falls to Firmino to tap it into an empty net.

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