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Brazil are through to the World Cup quarter finals after two second half goals steered them past Mexico.

The five-time champions won the last 16 clash in stifling heat as Neymar scored one and made another for substitute Roberto Firmino.

Brazil, the bookies’ favourites to lift the trophy, will now face Belgium or Japan in their seventh consecutive World Cup quarter final.

The South Americans had to overcome a slow start, as Mexico pressed with similar intensity which helped them beat Germany in the group stages.

Both sides also had to contend with soaring temperatures in Samara, as the mercury topped 38C in western Russia.

The dub celebration by Brazilian players
The dub celebration by Brazilian players
But after soaking up Mexican pressure in a goalless first half, Brazil’s talisman put them in front.

Chelsea’s Willian drilled a left footed cross across the area, and Neymar slid in to convert his 57th international goal.

With Brazil going on to assert their authority on the contest in the second half, they created further chances through Willian, Paulinho and Gabriel Jesus.

It was the world’s most expensive player, however, who helped put the tie to bed when he was given space in the 88th minute.

Neymar crossed low for Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino to tap home, sealing Mexico’s fate after an impressive showing in the group stages.

Source: Chris Parsons

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