In a World Cup which has had little respect for pedigree, Brazil made sure it did not become the latest heavyweight to fall with a 2-0 win over Mexico to reach the quarterfinals in Russian Federation.
The Chelsea forward's low driven cross across the six-yard box was touched home from close range by Neymar for his 57th global goal. They drew 1-1 to Switzerland in their first match in the group and were held scoreless against Costa Rica for 90 minutes before letting in two in stoppage time.
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Neymar went close in the 25th minute as the attacker drifted past Edson Alvarez before seeing a shot blocked by Ochoa, while Gabriel Jesus was not too far away with a left-footed volley from inside of the area.
Meanwhile, Layun was also lucky to escape a red card after stamping on Neymar's ankle 19 minutes from time, but the referee decided not to take any action against the former Watford defender.
The Mexico captain, at 39 years and 139 days, had become the oldest outfield player to start a World Cup knockout match since Stanley Matthews in 1954 for England against Uruguay.
Buoyed by that sorely-needed injection of dynamism, Tite's men then carved out two quick-fire chances. If Neymar and rising hero Philippe Coutinho are to advance, they'll have to take on a tough Mexican squad with some notable names of their own. The next match saw them facing off against South Korea, who in spite of their valiant efforts, lost 2-1 to Mexico after Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez scored for the El Tri. Neymar started the move by playing in Willian, who advanced into the penalty area before delivering a low cross to the back post where Neymar was able to slide in and convert from three yards.