Goals from Neymar and substitute Roberto Firmino sent Mexico crashing out of the World Cup at the round-of-16 stage for the seventh successive tournament.

An entertaining game saw both sides play at a frantic pace throughout, and it was Brazil who came out on top with two second-half tap-ins in the scorching Samara heat.

The Selecao are slowly clicking into gear as they reached the quarter-finals for the seventh successive World Cup, while Mexico will be wondering how they did not make it to their coveted fifth game after such a brilliant start to their tournament.

Manager Juan Carlos Osorio’s two changes to his side saw defender Hugo Ayala come in for the suspended Hector Moreno and veteran Rafael Marquez replace Miguel Layun.

El Tri started well, targeting full-backs Fagner and Filipe Luis as discussed in our match preview, but apart from troubling goalkeeper Alisson with high balls into the box, did not do much to seriously test the Roma number one.

Mexico were left wide open at the back and had goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to thank for a number of saves in the first-half as both Neymar and Gabriel Jesus had good efforts saved.

The breakthrough finally came in the second-half; Neymar and Willian linked brilliantly on the edge of the box to give the Paris Saint-Germain forward an open goal to spark wild celebrations from the Selecao supporters at the Samara Arena.

A tetchy match which saw a number of bookings surprisingly did not see a red card after Mexico substitute Miguel Layun stood on Neymar’s ankle in the second-half.

Despite plenty of effort from El Tri late on as they tried to take the match into extra-time, it was all in vain as Firmino tapped in Neymar’s low cross in the 90th minute to set up an intriguing tie with Belgium in the quarter-finals.

Here’s how the Mexico players rated: