Final score: Brazil 2-0 Mexico
El Tri put up a great fight, but will head home after the Round of 16 for the seventh consecutive World Cup. They had no answer for Neymar, who finally came alive after a quiet group stage. The PSG star was the best player on the pitch, scoring the opener and providing a spectacular assist on the second Brazilian goal.
GOAL Roberto Firmino! Brazil 2-0 Mexico
A lot of Brazil and Liverpool fans alike have been calling for Firmino to make the starting lineup, and the substitute has nicely made his case for getting that job in the quarterfinal. Neymar was the architect of the goal, going on a long run and squaring to the center of the box, but Firmino was in perfect position to finish off the move.
Here’s Neymar acting like Layun sawed his leg off
61’ — Carlos Vela comes close
Mexico look capable of scoring an equalizer. This game remains wild.
GOAL Neymar! Brazil 1-0 Mexico
Brazil has been well on top from the second half kickoff, and it only took six minutes of pressure for them to create a goal. Neymar set it up and finished it, making a run into the center and hitting a backheel to Willian, who’d drifted over to the left side of the pitch. He ran into the box, hit a perfect cross, and Neymar had a tap-in.
Rafa Marquez off, Miguel Layun on
El Tri has made a halftime switch. Their captain was a bit slow for this wide open game, so they’ve opted to bring on one of their fastest players as a replacement.
Halftime score: Mexico 0-0 Brazil
This game is scoreless, but it hasn’t been without entertainment. It’s been a wide-open affair, with 15 total shots between the two teams. Each team’s center backs and goalkeeper have been up to the tough task given to them by their supporting players so far, but it would be shocking if this game ended scoreless.
33’ — Neymar and Coutinho looking dangerous
Mexico had the stronger start in this game, but it’s Brazil that look likely to score now. They’ll be wondering how they failed to convert these two chances.
25’ — Big chance for Neymar
And an even better save by Memo Ochoa.
Wondering about Chicharito and the other Mexico players who bleached their hair? Well, no one’s gotten a good explanation out of them yet, but it’s certainly a fresh look.
Both Brazil and Mexico have made some big lineup decisions ahead of their World Cup Round of 16 match. Marcelo is injured, so Felipe Luis starts at left back for the Brazilians. Juan Carlos Osorio is feeling like his team needs a leader and true defensive presence in midfield, so Rafa Marquez gets his first start of the competition. Miguel Layun is the player who’s sacrificed.
Mexico vs. Brazil lineups
Mexico and Brazil start the third day of the Round of 16 as they work to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. ET at the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, and you can watch it on Fox and Telemundo. Online streaming is also available in English through Fox Sports Go here or in Spanish through Telemundo here.
Mexico and Brazil tied their group during the 2014 World Cup, with Mexico going on to lose in the Round of 16 and Brazil losing in the semifinals. This time around, Brazil topped its group and Mexico finished runner-up in the group stage. The winner of this match will face the winner of Belgium of Japan in the quarterfinals, a seat both teams are looking to grab.
Mexico vs. Brazil Time, TV channel, and streaming info
Time: 10 a.m. ET
Location: Samara Arena, Samara, Russia
TV: Fox (English), Telemundo (Spanish)
For listings from more countries, check out Live Soccer TV.
Mexico vs. Brazil news to read before kickoff
Mexico stunk on Wednesday. They got whooped by Sweden, 3-0. But that wasn’t the dramatic part of the day at all. No, the drama for Mexico fans came from watching another game: Germany vs. South Korea.
Things went pretty much as expected in Group E on Wednesday afternoon, in stark contrast to the madness that was the early set of games. Brazil goes through in first place and Switzerland progresses in second.