February 18, 2019

Neymar Had His Ankle Stepped On, Then Stepped on Mexico's Throat

02 July 2018, 10:28 | Anna Jefferson

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Neymar has been branded "absolutely pathetic" by Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, who has accused the Brazil star of playacting and detracting from his own abilities.

Neymar and Firmino were on target as Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in their World Cup last-16 match to earn a quarter-final against either Belgium or Japan.

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After Mexico had spurned an early half chance when Miranda got in the way of Hirving Lozano's goalbound strike, it was Brazil who then created the better openings before the break, Sky Sports reports. (Picture: Getty) Firmino sealed the win two minutes from time.

It looked like Neymar's game - or even his World Cup - could be over with 20 minutes to go. Neymar opened the scoring in the 51st minute, sliding in to tap home a ball served in precisely by Willian.

Bringing on Raul Jimenez and Jonathan dos Santos, Mexico changed gear in pursuit of an equaliser only for the five-time champions to inevitably start finding more space with Ochoa once again coming to the rescue to deny Willian's stinging effort.

Writhing in agony after his right ankle was stepped on by Miguel Layun, Neymar managed to get back on his feet.

Brazil's Neymar, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring against Mexico (in green, orange) in their round of 16 match at the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia.

While it was yet another performance where Brazil failed to truly sparkle, they ended the match on a comfortable note.

It left Germany further in the dust 37 minutes later, when Roberto Firmino pounced on a deflected shot from Neymar to kill off hopes of a Mexican comeback just two minutes before full time.

With Germany already out of the running, the Brazilians have a good opportunity to leave Die Manschafft further in the rearview mirror as they head into a quarterfinal clash against the victor of Belgium and Japan.

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