They have so, so, so many exciting players, but have thus far failed to find anything like top gear at the World Cup. El Tri has always been respected as a team with technical players who play pretty football, but Brazil would've been happy to meet Mexico at this stage of the tournament.
After struggling to get the better of his man-markers for the majority of the first half, Neymar eventually seized centre stage when he began resorting to his usual histrionics in an attempt to start influencing decisions and drive his opponents to distraction.
Brazil, who will have to do without defensive midfielder Casemiro in the quarters after he picked up his second booking, had to wait until the 88th minute to put the match to bed.
"In the last two matches I didn't talk to the press because there are too many people talking, getting excited". Going past the Brazilian full-back was never a problem for Vela.
Lozano was to prove a constant menace down Mexico's right, with only a Filipe Luis block preventing him from providing the final flourish to a flowing counter-attack. They started playing their game, dominating the possession and creating chances.
He will be hoping his eloquent vision comes to fruition against five-times World Cup winners Brazil on Monday. "We will need to play an incredible game tomorrow and continue to live the dream". Willian darts towards the goal and centers the ball low, finding Neymar just completing his break to send home the first goal of the game.
Now, for all the talent of Neymar, he has an exceptional game sense.
The world's most expensive player led Brazil over Mexico 2-0 Monday and into the quarterfinals of the tournament for the seventh straight time.
Already under fire for some of his exaggerated reactions to contact at the World Cup , Neymar was again slated for his reaction to a stamp by Miguel Layun in the second half. The theatrics he brings onto the field might actually give a complex to a professional stage actor.
"The most unfortunate moment for us was the game against Sweden", said Layun. The referee and the VAR saw nothing malicious and no card was shown to Layun.
"They stepped on him. Some goal celebration that would be against them", one fan wrote.
Brazil captain Neymar took aim at Mexico's tactics after their World Cup round of 16 triumph.
After taking out Germany in a huge opening match win, Mexico took a step back by narrowly defeating South Korea 2-1 in their second match.
Neymar opened the scoring for Brazil with a close-range tap-in on 50 minutes and Roberto Firmino made the game safe two minutes from time. "I wanted to repeat the standard of the last match and grow and that happened".
Are Brazil improving as the tournament progresses? . But what has been also very impressive is the way centre-back duo of Miranda and Thiago Silva have preformed in Russian Federation.
He continued: "The delay for one player was even four minutes, and that is a lesson for even children who play".
There were no shortage of sombreros in the crowd as Mexican fans decked out the stadium with oversize straw hats and wrestling masks, while Brazilian fans were equally zealous in their fashion choices, featuring headbands in blue, yellow and green with many fans also displaying their country's flag in face paint.