03 July, 2018
Neymar was brought down six more times against Mexico, but still had a part in both of Brazil's goals. Alongside those rapid sorties came more considered touches and the back-heel with which he released Willian before the opening goal, a constructive move rather than an extravagance, was indicative of a player thinking about consequences rather than simply revelling in actions.
Yet the less attractive side of his game was also on display, as he writhed on the floor, seemingly in agony, after Mexico's Miguel Layun had made the slightest contact with his ankle, before making an immediate and miraculous recovery.
O'Neill even said that Neymar's "play acting" is taking away from his otherwise impressive performances at a World Cup tournament in which he has now scored twice. It turned out to be pure histrionics.
After being largely contained in the first half, a goal from Neymar after the break - the 57th for his country - and a late tap-in from substitute Roberto Firmino ended Mexico's participation in a tournament to which it has contributed much. But not before trying to step on Layun.
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Neymar, who was given the lowest score by users of the BBC Player Rater, said the Brazilian players "have to learn to suffer".
"Mexico started well. A good start". Hirving Lozano's half-volley was well blocked by Miranda, while at the other end, Ochoa was equal to Neymar's powerful drive from just outside the penalty area.
Brazil kept up the intensity as Neymar weaved through two defenders to curl in from an acute angle, but Ochoa spread out his right arm to punch clear.
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"Brazil are a great team, they're the best team in the world", Osorio said. "We were maybe not very efficient and we didn't have that extra quality that they had coming to our goal".