Second-half goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino saw Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals in Samara on Tuesday.

The world’s most expensive player opened the scoring six minutes into the second half after excellent approach play by Willian, the Paris Saint-Germain forward’s second of the tournament and sixth overall in World Cup history.

Substitute Firmino then wrapped up the win with a simple last-minute finish as Tite’s side advanced to their seventh straight World Cup quarter-final, where they will face Belgium in Kazan on Friday night.



Player ratings

Brazil: Alisson (7), Fagner (6), Silva (7), Miranda (6), Luis (6), Casemiro (6), Paulinho (7), Willian (9), Coutinho (7), Neymar (7), Jesus (6)

Subs: Marquinhos (6), Fernandinho (6), Firmino (6)

Mexico: Ochoa (8), Alvarez (6), Salcedo (7), Ayala (6), Gallardo (7), Herrera (6), Marquez (6), Lozano (7), Vela (6), Guardado (6), Hernandez (7)

Subs: Jonathan (6), Layun (5), Jimenez (6)

Man of the match: Willian