Brazil’s Pleasure Is Mexico’s Heartbreak in International Cup Knockout

Heading into the event, Mexico had invested of their psychological well-being. They employed a psychologist to convey a degree of lucidity to the gamers’ collective psychological state. The gamers and fanatics rallied across the word “imaginemos cosas chingonas” (a distinctly Mexican sentence that interprets kind of to “Let’s consider wonderful issues”) uttered by way of striker Javier Hernández in a have compatibility of hobby sooner than the event.

An exhilarating 1-Zero win over Germany, the protecting champions, helped the workforce get started the event on a euphoric observe.

However Brazil, with its overflowing skill, was once a problem too tricky to conquer.

“We’re unhappy, disenchanted, clearly, with a dream that has ended,” Hernández mentioned after the sport. “It hurts.”

The Mexicans appeared formidable in the course of the first 20 mins, dominating the ball, excavating little channels in the course of the Brazilian protection, bringing threat to the Brazilian function mouth.


Neymar ratings a sliding function for Brazil within the first part.

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However the sport took on a distinct tone within the 25th minute, correct about when Neymar grew to become two defenders inside-out with a head faux and a misleading dribble after which drilled a shot towards function that required a fingertip save from goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. Ochoa made a variety of an important saves in the course of the night time. However from there to the overall whistle, it was once Brazil’s fit.

Neymar orchestrated Brazil’s opener six mins into the second one part, chopping menacingly from left to correct around the 18-yard line, tugging 3 defenders together with him, sooner than smacking a blind, again heel go to Willian, reversing the play.

With the protection discombobulated, Neymar all of a sudden did a U-turn into the field like a Russian cabdriver evading visitors and glided unfettered into the open house simply in time to slip a go from Willian around the function line together with his yellow cleat.

The incident that enraged Osorio happened 20 mins later. Neymar, as he had on a couple of events already to that time, was once taking his time getting again to his toes. Mexican midfielder Miguel Layún came around to assemble the ball and pressed his cleat onto the Brazilian’s ankle. Neymar reacted theatrically, assuming a fetal place and writhing on his again, like a turtle flipped onto its shell. The sport was once paused for a number of mins, and the Mexicans watched in frustration, as he was once tested.

Tite, the trainer of Brazil, put the blame on Layún: “There’s not anything to mention,” he mentioned. “You simply have to have a look at the video.”

Layún delivered an underhanded critique: “I believe he’s a participant with a large number of skill who optimistically in the future dedicates himself to enjoying slightly extra.”

Osorio was once unsparing: “It’s a person’s recreation. I believe there shouldn’t be such a lot performing.”

Neymar was once cryptic: “I don’t a lot take care of complaint, no longer even reward.”

Osorio had each and every explanation why to be annoyed. The workforce’s heroics within the staff degree had impressed Mexico’s horde of touring fanatics to sing his title from the stands — a outstanding turnaround for a trainer pelted with complaint within the weeks heading into the event. However the just right emotions withered within the warmth of Samara.

It was once Neymar, once more, who conjured Brazil’s 2nd function, completing a formidable dribbling run down the left wing with an outside-of-the-foot go go to Roberto Firmino, who wanted handiest to faucet the ball into the web.

Mexico’s fanatics, who had grew to become each and every sport in Russia right into a digital house sport for his or her workforce, have been quiet for in all probability the primary time this month.

The general whistle, mins later, signaled the top of the street. There was once no curse in charge, handiest Neymar — good, exasperating Neymar.


Mexico’s Jesus Gallardo after dropping to Brazil within the International Cup spherical of 16.

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Right here’s how Brazil beat Mexico, from Andrew Das in Moscow:

FULL TIME: Brazil 2, Mexico Zero

Brazil seems to be to be the International Cup favourite after a dominating efficiency in opposition to Mexico. Neymar was once everywhere the sector, and his protection seems to be greater than as much as the duty.

90’ + five: Mexico Is going Down Taking pictures

One final gasp for Mexico, however Allison is as much as the duty. Jimenez we could one fly, however a defender clips it.

90’ + 2: Guardado Settles a Rating

Guardado will get a overdue yellow, which appears like a score-settling, I’m-just-mad-at-the-world yellow at this level.

90’: Mexico, Once more, May Cross Out in spherical of 16

It’s arduous to consider, given the sentiments and the optimism after Mexico opened the event with its surprising win over Germany, however they’re going out — once more — of their first knockout sport. That’s seven immediately International Cups that they’ve made it out of the gang handiest to fall on the first hurdle. And it’ll be a sour sadness: they have been primed and gifted and ready, after which they bumped into Brazil.

88’ GOAL! Brazil Places Mexico Away

Neymar bursts down the left and pokes a shot previous Ochoa together with his correct foot. Ochoa will get a toe on it — simply sufficient to stay it off line — however Firmino is the primary guy to it within the function mouth and he buries it. Brazil 2, Mexico Zero. And that’ll be that on this one.

88’: Osorio No longer Glad With Name

Osorio is crimson with rage at the sideline. No clue why, however that’s no longer performing: he’s maaad.

87’: Nook for Mexico

Brazil defends a nook however Alisson has to return out for a punch to reserve it. Dangerous issues occur on performs like that, however thankfully for him, Mexico was once offside. Tick, tick, tick ……

86’: Firmino for Coutinho

Right here’s the second one Brazil sub: Firmino on for his former Liverpool teammate Coutinho.

85’: The Numbers Want Brazil

Whilst the ownership is 50-50 lately, Brazil has had extra pictures, extra pictures on course, extra corners and, maximum crucially, yet one more function. Deserved leaders, however they haven’t put El Tri away but. That’s bad, particularly in those ultimate determined mins.

84’: Brazil Slowing It Down

Thiago Silva down for remedy now; Brazil is aware of tips on how to play this slowdown sport higher than maximum groups, too. They’ve were given alllllll the abilities.

81’: Brazil Cast within the Again

It’s price noting that Brazil has given up one function in Russia: within the 50th minute of its opening tie in opposition to Switzerland. They’ve been rock forged on the again ever since. Mexico, then again, is just about its 2nd immediately shutout defeat if they are able to’t discover a function quickly.

80’: Right here Comes Fernandinho for Brazil

Paulinho off, Fernandinho off. Some would argue they only were given a greater model of the similar participant.

79’: Fagner Holds Off Lozano

Prime-fives for Fagner on the again after he holds off Lozano and by some means manages to win a function kick. Brazil can sense it. Mexico has 15 mins or with the intention to get one thing going.

77’: Yellow for Layun

Tape-delayed yellow card for Layun there after every other Neymar takedown in midfield. He protests in brief, however the referee isn’t having it. That was once almost definitely payback for the sooner one.

75’: Mexico Appears to be like Drained

Mexico has made 3 subs and Brazil none. So why is it that Mexico seems to be gassed?

73’: No Card for Layun

Rocchi make a selection to go on a overview; perhaps Neymar appeared slightly tooooooooo harm. Anyway, Layun remains on, and play resumes.

72’: Neymar Nonetheless Down

Neymar in point of fact made a meal of it, although, pounding the turf in agony (truthfully, it didn’t seem like he were given raked or the rest). However now the lengthen would give the referee the danger to have a look.

71’: Layun Stomps Neymar

Neymar writhing at the floor subsequent to the Brazil bench. But it surely seems like Layun was once slightly naughty there. He stomped on his ankle as he came around to get the ball whilst Neymar lay at the turf.

70’: Nice Probability for Mexico

A SUPER ball from Salcedo creates an opportunity at the correct for Herrera, however his go simply misses the noggin of Dos Santos and Guardado, first to the unfastened ball, has it blocked by way of two charging Brazilians.

If you happen to’re Juan Carlos Osorio, you’d like extra of that.

68’: Brazil’s Counterattack Simply Misses

Carlos Vela turns a promising Mexico assault right into a unexpected Brazilian counter with an inexcusably unfastened go in midfield. Willian promptly reveals Neymar, who pivots and — fortunately for Vela — rolls his shot across the left publish.

66’: Jimenez Off to a Dangerous Get started

Raul Jimenez, who quietly got here on for Chicharito a couple of mins in the past, permits his first actual motion to be a ball misplaced between his legs. Ack.

65’: No Foul

That certain gave the look of a nasty on Lozano as he minimize around the best of the world, however Mr. Rocchi doesn’t blow his whistle, and the danger fades away.

64’: Some other Save for Ochoa

Willian makes use of a stepover to lose Salcedo and rips a right-footed shot that Ochoa is fortunate to push over.

63’: Neymar Is going Down

Neymar, down once more, seems to be asking why the celebrity remedy isn’t in impact lately. “Are you aware who I’m? I’m Neymar!”

61’: Mexico Blocked!

One thing out of not anything for Mexico there: a ball up the left springs Lozano, and Vela finally ends up with it at the correct. Alisson reaches up and pushes his bending shot over the bar.

59’: Paulinho Fires, Ochoa Blocks

Fagner completely tees up Paulinho on the spot, however he hits Ochoa correct within the mitts. On the different finish, Casemiro is going into the e-book with a yellow. That’s his 2nd, so he’ll leave out the quarterfinals if Brazil holds on and wins lately.

In the event that they don’t grasp on and win, in fact, all of the Brazilians will leave out the quarterfinals.

57’: Brazil Searching for No. 2

Brazil, acutely aware of the lesson Spain discovered on Sunday, is looking a 2nd function now. Why wait? Neymar fires from distance but it surely’s simply broad.

55’: Vela Making Strikes

Great little bit of footwork by way of Carlos Vela at midfield. He manages to drag 3 Brazilians out of place, but if he after all wriggles unfastened he’s simply so drained he passes it again.

53’: Nook for Mexico

Mexico in once more, thru Carlos Vela at the left. He is going down and the ball is going out. Brazil appeals for a function kick. Mexico desires a penalty. The ref choices — nook!

52’: Other Recreation Now

The function stands after a snappy VAR inspection for offside, and now right here comes Mexico immediately off the kickoff. The function has spiced issues up well. In removal video games, they generally tend to try this.


That was once lovely. Neymar walked the ball around the best of the world after which, simply when it gave the look of he’d long gone too a ways, backheeled it to Willian. Willian driven it thru into house simply to the left of the function, and his cutback is met by way of … Neymar, who by no means stopped operating.

50’ Nice Probability for Mexico

A secondary breakout led by way of Gallardo provides him choices left, correct and middle. So in fact he curls a shot 5 yards over Alisson’s crossbar.

48’: Some other Save for Ochoa

Mexico just about stuck dozing at the nook, as Coutinho is authorized to stroll in and tee up a shot on Ochoa. The keeper isn’t happy, and slaps his arms and reminds his teammates they’re there to give protection to him.

47’: Mexico Shuffles

Layun, a minimum of to begin with, turns out to have slotted in at correct again, pushing Alvarez into the central midfield position Marquez vacated. However let’s give it a couple of mins to make sure.

46’: Layun Comes On for Mexico

One trade for Mexico at halftime: A now-blond Miguel Layun replaces Marquez, who gave them a part on this intense warmth.

Ochoa As much as the Job

Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa become the primary goalkeeper of this International Cup to make 20 saves. He’s had a pair large ones lately.

Halftime: Brazil Zero, Mexico Zero

Mexico can be way more happy with that part than Brazil, which was once the extra bad workforce however nonetheless needed to combat off a pair anxious moments. Brazil is the favourite lately although, by way of a large margin, so each and every minute they’re no longer successful is a minute wasted for them, and a minute of hope for Mexico.

Andrew Keh: Chicharito, who looked to be shifting gingerly now and then in that part, jogged briefly into the locker room on the whistle whilst the 21 different gamers at the box walked. He will have some damage to kind out.

43’: Yellow for Filipe Luis

Brazil’s Filipe Luis joins Alvarez within the referee’s pocket book with a lunging toe stab at Vela. Stopped the assault, on the other hand, so perhaps it was once price it.

42’: Brazil Nook Cleared

The similar is right for its corners … Brazil’s 3rd of the day is definitely handled by way of Marquez.


Mexico’s Hugo Ayala tumbles in entrance of Philippe Coutinho within the first part.

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41’: Brazil Assault Fizzles Once more

Brazil’s one-touch, give-and-go sport is international magnificence thus far. It’s crossing, on the other hand, is highschool health club magnificence, and so every other second that gave us all hope fades away.

40’: Neymar’s Unfastened Kick Is going Broad

Neymar takes the unfastened kick himself, but it surely’s a pair yards top and a pair yards broad. No downside for Ochoa, who is worked up to observe is sail previous.

39’: Yellow for Alvarez

Neatly, not anything ticky-tack about that one: Alvarez tries to chop Neymar in part. He doesn’t be triumphant, however does organize to convey him down. That’ll be a yellow for the precise again, which can make his process — maintaining Neymar in test — rather slightly tougher.

38’: Each Facets Getting Bodily

And the ticky-tack ankle-clipping portion of the sport has begun. The referee Gianliuca Rocchi provides a caution: yellow playing cards to return.

35’: Lozano Switches Facets

Mexico’s Hirving Lozano over at the left now, the place he’s promptly whacked by way of Fagner. “Welcome to this facet. That is how we roll over right here,” he says. “You may well be extra comfy again over there.”

33’: Two Saves for Ochoa as Brazil Assaults

Double save for Guillermo Ochoa and Mexico! Brazil’s ball feints paintings once more, and lead to a couple of pictures for Gabriel Jesus and Coutinho. Mexico blocks each, although, and breathes a sigh of aid.

31’: Mexico Takes a Breath

After every other foiled assault from Brazil, Alvarez, stalling on a throw at midfield, makes the common “simply relax a sec” sign. Possibly he’s correct. He can have been speaking to each groups.

26’: Coutinho Fires … Prime

A Brazil unfastened kick leads to a couple extra scrambling: an ungainly header, an Ochoa save, a Gabriel Jesus shot after he collects the rebound, and a kick save by way of Ayala — the middle again — to stay it out. Coutinho we could everybody catch their breath by way of blasting THAT rebound top over the bar.

25’: Neymar Makes His Transfer

Oooh Neymar. He simply crossed over Alvarez there like some degree guard within the open court docket. (Alvarez, to his everlasting credit score, didn’t fall over.) However Ochoa is out to make himself simply sufficiently big to dam the shot. Tremendous transfer, tremendous save.

23’: Mexico’s Counterattack

About the ones Mexico counterattacks: they’ll almost definitely need to move sooner, extra urgently, when they are able to to check out to catch Brazil, which gained’t love it anymore than Germany did. However the drained legs and 3 video games within the staff could also be appearing slightly; the tempo simply isn’t there thus far.

21’: Mexico Assists in keeping Operating

Some other breakout for Mexico — that is the place they are able to be at their most deadly — however the runs don’t have the similar tempo as those that tormented Germany within the opening sport. Nonetheless, the secondary buildup produces an opportunity — Herrera pulls a ball round a sliding Miranda simply in facet the highest of the world, however pulling the cause takes a beat too lengthy, and his try is blocked.

18’: Herrera Blocked

Loopy attacking collection by way of Mexico there: Vela dangerous header, Chicharito overhead kick from the sideline to Guardado within the middle, one-touch to Vela, go to Herrera for a shot. Which is blocked. Appears like we deserved higher in the end that.

13’: Threat for Brazil

A bit of extra threat for Brazil there, as a go proves troubling problematic. Mexico with a nook, however Brazil’s successful all of those aerial battles for now.

12’: New Glance

Simply to elucidate: Salcedo is the blond Mexican in protection. Chicharito is the blond Mexican in assault.

11’: Mexico Competitive

Threat for Brazil there, as they misplaced Chicharito down the left. However they scramble again and Miranda, dropping his footing within the house, pokes the ball off his toes simply lengthy sufficient for a teammate to transparent.

nine’: Risk From Vela

Nice run by way of Carlos Vela up the left leads to the world; he gave the impression stunned, nearly, that Fagner let him in so simply.

At the nook that follows, a header sails top into the air and Alisson and Chicharito fight for it. The large Brazilian keeper wins that combat each and every time.

7’: Marquez Cast within the Heart

Marquez has parked himself in entrance of the middle backs, Ayala and Salcedo, as a deep-lying midfielder/forward-covering middle again. He’ll be there all day, offering duvet and steering as Brazil fees in.

five’: Neymar Kicks a Knuckleball

A giveaway by way of Mexico provides Neymar an open have a look at the highest of the penalty house. THIS IS NOT A GOOD STRATEGY MEXICO! His knuckling shot fools Ochoa slightly, but it surely’s immediately at him, so he simply punches it away.

four’: Neymar Tumbles

And Neymar takes his first dramatic tumble to win a unfastened kick. It gained’t be his final.

three’: Chicharito Flattens Fagner

Fagner will get run over, and stepped on, by way of Chicharito as he tries to damage around the midfield stripe. Sorry no longer sorry, Hernandez says. Unfastened kick for Brazil.

2’: Nook for Mexico

That one from Guardado is healthier: he will get in sooner, and sends in a perilous go that Alisson has to dive to poke away. The clearance will get Mexico a nook although, which they promptly waste.

1’: Mexico Pushes Early

Mexico will get us going and tries to spring Guardado down the left. However he’s were given no choice, and ran slightly deep, after which kicks the ball out himself for a function kick. Mexico will need to be direct once more, although. However loner runs like which might be simple for Brazil to deal with.

Brazil’s Beginning Lineup

There’s affirmation that Brazil makes just one trade, sending out Filipe Luis for the injured Marcelo.

1 Alisson (Roma)

2 Thiago Silva (Paris St Germain)

three Miranda (Inter Milan)

five Casemiro (Actual Madrid)

6 Filipe Luis (Atlético Madrid)

nine Gabriel Jesus (Manchester Town)

10 Neymar (Paris St Germain)

11 Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona)

15 Paulinho (Barcelona)

19 Willian (Chelsea)

22 Fagner (Corinthians)

Mexico’s Beginning Lineup

13 Guillermo Ochoa (Same old Liege)

2 Hugo Ayala (Tigres)

three Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt)

four Rafael Marquez (Atlas)

11 Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC)

14 Javier Hernandez (West Ham)

16 Hector Herrera (Porto)

18 Andres Guardado (Actual Betis)

21 Edson Alvarez (The united states)

22 Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven)

23 Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey)

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