By Chineze Ogugua
Brazil made sure that Mexico’s curse of not getting past the round of 16 continued after Neymar both scored and assisted to give the South Americans a 2-0 win.
There wasn’t much of an action in the first half between the two sides. However in the second half, it was all Brazil as a Willian low-cross was converted by Neymar in the 52nd minute before Roberto Firmino converted from Neymar’s cross in the 88th minute to seal win.
The whole performance was blighted by Neymar’s melodrama after his overreaction to a stamp by Mexico’s Miguel Layun.
All the same, the Brazilians were on their way to quarterfinal waiting to face their next opponent.
The second match witness a remarkable comeback from Belgium after they went two goals down to Japan early in the second half.
Japan opened the scoring when Genki Haraguchi ran onto Gaku Shibasaki’s long ball to score the opener before Takashi Inui’s 25-yard strike made it 2-0.
Roberto Martinez made two key changed in Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli in the 65th minute which paid off with Fellaini scoring the equaliser before Chadli netted a 94th-minute winner.
It looks as if Belgium’s golden generation are pushing themselves to something historic in their world cup history as they prepare to take on Brazil in the quarterfinal.
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