After a frenetic end-to-end start in Samara Arena in Russia, Brazil's stout defense and sparkling offense outlasted Mexico in a 2-0 win in the 2018 World Cup Round of 16 on Monday, July 2nd. Willian darts towards the goal and centers the ball low, finding Neymar just completing his break to send home the first goal of the game.
"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.
Mexico were the dominant force in the opening 20 minutes in Samara, but they were unable to make their superiority count and eventually allowed their muted opponents to scrap their way into the game. It turned out to be pure histrionics. Neymar opened the scoring in the 51st minute, sliding in to tap home a ball served in precisely by Willian. Neymar was starting to showcase his talents but he was left writhing in pain after a tussle with second-half replacement Miguel Layun.
They are now looking to reach the final eight for their seventh straight World Cup.
'There was very little contact and every single time the referee stops the game.
Neymar, who was also the subject of mockery for rolling over an excessive number of times after being fouled during a group-stage draw with Switzerland, insisted that Layun's action was unsporting.
"This is a strong sport, a man's sport and I think there shouldn't be much acting".
In the scorching conditions in Samara, the Mexicans, who started with 39-year-old Rafael Marquez, made a frenetic start but were unable to convert their chances.
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And leading Brazil from the front, Neymar Jr dominated their Latin American neighbour quite well in the second-half.
But El Tri's error was losing that final group-stage game 3-0 against Sweden.
"The key was to play together without the ball because with the ball we know the quality of the team", Willian said. A video review reversed the decision to award a penalty kick and Neymar's frustrations a few minutes later led to a yellow card.
Throughout his reign, it has felt as though Osorio has been battling Mexican expectations for its national side, and he was clear once again on the need for greater openness and for players to be more willing to travel.
Neymar, though, still led the celebrations, charging toward the corner flag.
"Being able to play at such a level against a team like Brazil really shows that Mexico is a good team", Osorio said.
Brazil will take on Belgium in a mouth-watering quarter-final encounter on Friday.