Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Brazil pass Germany as all-time top scorers at the World Cup

Brazil pass Germany as all-time top scorers at the World Cup

The Mexico captain, at 39 years and 139 days, had become the oldest outfield player to start a World Cup knockout match since Stanley Matthews in 1954 for England against Uruguay.

Belgium or Japan, who lock horns at 7pm this evening, await them in that last-eight clash in Kazan on Friday night.

Their frustration continued into the closing stages and Brazil made sure of victory with two minutes of normal time remaining as Firmino tapped home from close range after Neymar's toe-poke had been saved by Ochoa.

Brazil is undefeated in 4 matches against Mexico in the World Cup, keeping 4 clean sheets against them.

A glaring spotlight had been on Neymar after his opening three performances saw him miss a litany of chances, frequently squander possession and spend far too long on the turf. The only other time Mexico defeated a South American side in a World Cup match was in 2002 in a victory over Ecuador.

Mexico's World Cup campaign started off with a bang as they tactically outplayed defending champions Germany to beat them 1-0 courtesy of a Hirving Lozano goal.

Brazil picked up where they had left off after the restart, Coutinho testing Ochoa with a fierce drive after cutting in from the left.

Paulinho should have doubled that advantage in the 59th minute, but Ochoa was once again equal to his whipped strike from 12 yards, while the over-worked goalkeeper also tipped over Willian's powerful effort four minutes later.

It looked like Neymar's game - or even his World Cup - could be over with 20 minutes to go.

I'm going for a 2-1 Brazil win today.

Juan Carlos Osorio named Rafa Marquez, 39, as captain to make it five World Cups the veteran defender had skippered his country, but he was removed for Miguel Layun at half-time, with Brazil ending the first half on top.

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