Brazil ace Neymar hits back at Mexico tactics: It's unfair!

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Brazil continued its run for redemption through the 2018 World Cup on Monday with a 2-0 win over Mexico to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.

A Mexico fan blows a kiss before the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 2, 2018.

Are you happy to see footballers react the way Neymar does sometimes?

Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa stops a ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 2, 2018.

Goalkeeper Alisson has seen just one goal slip past him so far in Russian Federation, but Willian points to their all-round strength rather than a negative attitude as the principal explanation.

Willian of Brazil collides with Hirving Lozano of Mexico during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at Samara Arena on July 2, 2018 in Samara, Russia.

Brazil's forward Neymar (L) celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 2, 2018.

In the latest, he dubbed a brand of luggage on wheels Neymar because "you barely touch it and it turns round and round for hours".

Willian did damage thanks to surging runs that put a spirited Mexico side on the back foot but it was Neymar's creativity that brought goals.

With only two goals, Neymar is lagging well behind England star Harry Kane's tournament-leading tally of five goals.

He scored the game's first goal and assisted its second but received plenty of criticism for the way he went down when challenged. It turned out to be pure histrionics. But not before trying to step on Layun.

Brazil will face Belgium or Japan - who meet in Rostov-on-Don in the day's second match (19:00 BST) - in their last-eight tie in Kazan on Friday.

Against Mexico, it took some time for Brazil to find their rhythm, like it has been the team's usual pattern in the tournament.

Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Sure, they did not have a great start to their campaign, but they didn't fumble either, keeping the dream of a sixth World Cup alive. The team opened with a win over Germany, setting the defending champions on the path to an early exit.

They were certainly tested here and Mexico looked risky but, thanks to Brazil's organisation at the back and willingness to absorb pressure, their opposition weren't even close to scoring.

"They talked too much, and they are going home", he said to reporters after the final whistle.

"Unfortunately we wasted a lot of time because of one of the players", Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said at the post-match press conference. "We know we have players that can decide the game".

Neymar also ensured he madeheadlines for other reasons, though, afterhis dramatic over-reaction to a clash with Miguel Layun 20 minutes from time. As Neymar lay on the ground with the ball trapped between his legs, Layun stepped on the Brazilian's ankle as he picked the ball up.

This is a testament to Brazil's defence who are often subjected to accusations they are rarely tested and once they are they won't be able to cope. A video review reversed the decision to award a penalty kick and Neymar's frustrations a few minutes later led to a yellow card.

Brazil coach Tite and assistant coach Sylvinho were extremely impressed by Willian and Gabriel Jesus' play against Mexico.

Neymar was asked about Osorio's comments but it was the moment Tite took charge. Tite came to join him. "But I have always said that this is a process to something better". "We were maybe not very efficient and we didn't have that extra quality that they had coming to our goal".

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