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Neymar certainly showed that edge at the Samara Arena on Monday. And neither is Brazil. "I don't much care for criticism, not even for praise, because this can influence in a way the athlete's attitude".

The action started when Neymar accomplished something Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are still looking to cross off of their bucket lists - scoring a goal in the knockout stage.

But he didn't look to have put pressure on Neymar's leg, and the player's delayed and exaggerated response was the subject of heated debate, especially coming after similarly petulant displays in earlier matches. And it was the right foot that helped to break through Mexico's stern resistance in Samara.

Brazil's steady progress into the quarter-finals of the World Cup has marked them out as one of the favorites, but the title talk has been drowned out in much of the world by a debate over Neymar's play acting. Osorio had vowed on Sunday that Mexico wouldn't stop attacking Brazil but he was also vary of the goal-scoring threats posed by Brazil.

It was Brazil's 227th goal at the World Cup, meaning they overtake Germany as the all-time top scorers.

Tite also had words for Neymar, the man of the match who scored the first goal and created the second in the 88th minute for Roberto Firmino to finish. It turned out to be pure histrionics.

Between those two goals, Neymar appeared to be intentionally trodden on by Mexico's Miguel Layun, prompting a typically theatrical reaction from the Paris Saint-Germain forward.

Both escaped punishment, but the judgment elsewhere was less forgiving, with Neymar asked after the match if he was a diva trying to draw fouls.

"I saw what happened, look at the video, you can say nothing", the coach told a post-match news conference.

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- Brazil have reached at least the quarter-final stages of the World Cup in each of the last seven editions of the competition.

Against Mexico, it took some time for Brazil to find their rhythm, like it has been the team's usual pattern in the tournament. Instead of Neymar, it's been Coutino who has been Brazil's leading man at this World Cup but his passes were being cut, his shots at goal being blocked or sailing wide. The team opened with a win over Germany, setting the defending champions on the path to an early exit. This could've been another of them if it hadn't been for Ochoa who, just like four years ago, kept denying nearly every Brazilian on the pitch.

"He's very agile. He's very fast", Brazil coach Tite said.

There is nothing wrong with having a player of Firmino's quality on the bench, and if he can come late in games to tire and already flagging opposition defence, then it's an ideal scenario. "It's not a sin".

MEXICO had hope, some genuine hope, more than just cautious optimism that they could get a long-awaited first victory over Brazil at a World Cup, that they could for the first time since 1986 they would advance to the "quinto partido" or the fifth match at world football's showpiece tournament.

The rapid recovery seemed miraculous.

"It was unfair. The ball was not in play and we were off the pitch", he signalled.

"Anyone who has seen the game knows exactly what I am referring to".