WorldCup Day 19 Round Up: Belgium break Japanese hearts with incredible comeback, Neymar punish Mexican stubbornness
- Neymar helped Brazil to a comfortable 2-0 win over Mexico after scoring 1 and turning provider for Roberto Firmino in the second-half to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals in Samara on Tuesday.
- Belgium an historic win over Japan by coming from 2 goals down in the second-half to win 3-2 with Nacer Chadli netting in the 94 minute to help his team advance.
Brazil 2-0 Mexico
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 either Japan or Belgium in Kazan on Friday night.
Belgium 3-2 Japan
Belgium showed their fighting qualities as Nacer Chadli’s 94th-minute strike completed a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory over Japan in their World Cup last-16 clash in Rostov.
Roberto Martinez’s side were overwhelming favourites to progress to the quarter-finals after pipping England as winners of Group G but two goals in four minutes from Genki Haraguchi in the 48th min and Takashi Inui in 52nd minute gave Japan a shock 2-0 lead.
Jan Vertonghen’s looping header in the 69th minute gave Belgium hope before substitute Marouane Fellaini’s trademark finish in the 74th minute from Eden Hazard’s cross brought the scores level.
With the last kick of the game, a sweeping counter-attack was finished off with Chadli at the far post as Belgium progress to face Brazil in the last eight on Friday at the Kazan Arena.