Brazil on verge of semi-finals

Neymar all but fired Brazil to the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup as they defeated Mexico 2-0 in the Group A clash at Estadio Castelao.

Last Updated: 20/06/13 at 08:47 Post Comment

Neymar: Was again key for Brazil

Neymar: Was again key for Brazil

Brazil won their opening match against Japan and the three points from tonight means they are in pole position to progress to the next stage, while in contrast, Mexico's cup ambitions look to be over after they also lost their opening game to Italy.

It was not a classic performance from Brazil by any means, but the flashes of brilliance remained, and it was two pieces of fantastic skill by Neymar at the start and the end of the game which proved to be the ultimate difference.

The 21-year-old fired Brazil into the lead within nine minutes when he picked up the ball in the edge of the box and volleyed home a stunning strike before his jinking run up the left and deft footwork set-up Jo in stoppage time for the second.

Much of the fault for the opening goal lay with Mexico defender Hiram Mier, whose failed clearance fell at the feet of the waiting forward, who showed why Barcelona had paid almost £50million to secure his services from next season with a rocket from his left foot.

Brazil almost doubled their lead five minutes later when Dani Alves saw his 20-yard lobbed shot tipped over the bar by Mexico keeper Jose de Jesus Corona.

Mexico had their first real chance of the game in the 16th minute when Mier almost capitalised on some scrappy Brazilian defending.

The Monterrey defender shot wide of Julio Cesar's right post when Brazil failed to close down an attack, with Mier doing well to stay on his feet and get a shot away from the right of the area.

Neymar then went close again after he took the ball on his chest in midfield and beat two defenders, but he got too much power on the ball which flew just over the bar.

Brazil were threatening on the counter-attack at every opportunity but they could only take a narrow 1-0 lead into half-time.

It looked as if Luiz Felipe Scolari's side had extended their lead almost immediately after the break from when Thiago Silva put the ball into the back of the net from a Neymar free-kick, but the defender was correctly flagged for offside and the goal chalked off.

Hulk then wasted a golden opportunity to bury Mexico when he shot just wide after some slick build-up play before Neymar again fired a fizzing shot across the face of goal, giving El Tricolor yet another let-off.

Paulinho lifted a chance over the bar from a whipped-in Neymar cross and it looked like there would be no more goals in the match until the Barcelona man produced a final piece of magic to cut inside and lay the ball off to substitute Jo, who slotted the ball home as Brazil took maximum points.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Sunday, 30 June 2013
23:00
Brazil 3-0 Spain  
17:00
Uruguay 2-2 Italy  
Thursday, 27 June 2013
20:00
Spain 0-0 Italy  
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Brazil 2-1 Uruguay  
Sunday, 23 June 2013
Nigeria 0-3 Spain  
Uruguay 8-0 Tahiti  
Saturday, 22 June 2013
Italy 2-4 Brazil  
Japan 1-2 Mexico Report
Thursday, 20 June 2013
23:00
Nigeria 1-2 Uruguay  
20:00
Spain 10-0 Tahiti  

Footer 365

Premier League: Roberto Martinez hails Everton players after win over Manchester United

Roberto Martinez saluted the focus and adaptability of his Everton squad after a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

Transfer news: Atletico Mineiro to take Nicolas Anelka to FIFA

Atletico Mineiro president Alexandre Kalil has said that he is considering taking Nicolas Anelka to FIFA.

Premier League: David Moyes admits defensive errors cost Manchester United at Everton

David Moyes feels Man Utd conceded 'terrible goals' on his return to Everton and says missing out on the top four hurts.

Mail Box

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property