With Brazil looking to hold on to a 1-0 lead through the final whistle, Neymar would instead help his team to an insurance goal in the final minutes of the match. Brazil could play right into their hands.
Brazil endured a frustrating opening 45 minutes as they head into the halftime break with the score level at 0-0 against Mexico in their round of 16 tie. They have been functional and effective, and you can't really ask for much more than that.
Neymar can lead Brazil to glory here in Russian Federation, but to maximise the Selecao's chances he needs to link up with his team-mates in that fashion. And I'm hoping for a good game to boot. But it couldn't get past Brazil, a team it has never beaten - and never scored upon - in World Cup competition.
The last time Mexico claimed victory over Brazil in a competitive match was in 2007 when they beat them 2-0 in the Copa America.
The breakthrough came shortly after half-time when Willian fired in a risky cross from the left after speeding past Ayala, with Neymar sliding in behind team-mate Gabriel Jesus to poke Brazil in front. Brazil finished fourth in the cup in 2014, but crashed out in the quarterfinals in 2006 and 2010.
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While Mexico's frenetic gusto generated some early chances as Brazil struggled.
In the 51st minute, Neymar pushed the ball up the left side of the field, before making a sharp turn towards the center just before getting to the box.
It's the seventh consecutive quarter-final appearance for the five-time champions, while Mexico exit in the last 16 for the seventh straight World Cup.
Mexico were the dominant force in the opening 20 minutes in Samara, but they were unable to make their superiority count and eventually allowed their muted opponents to scrap their way into the game.