World Cup 2018: We Have To Learn To Suffer, Says Brazil's Neymar

Updated: 02 July 2018 23:13 IST

Brazil overcame a tricky start to the last-16 tie, as second-half goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino sealed a deserved victory.

World Cup 2018: We Have To Learn To Suffer, Says Brazil
Neymar opened the scoring for Brazil in the 51st minute © AFP

Neymar on Tuesday said Brazil need to "learn to suffer" after their 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday booked a World Cup quarter-final place. The five-time champions overcame a tricky start to the last-16 tie, as second-half goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino sealed a deserved victory and a last-eight clash with either Belgium or Japan. "We have to learn to suffer," said Neymar. "It was a very difficult match, we knew the quality of our opponents." The Paris Saint-Germain forward stabbed home a low cross from Willian in the 51st minute to score his sixth World Cup goal and second of this year's tournament, but first in a knockout match. "Neymar was out for three-and-a-half months. At the top level, this is a lot," said Brazil coach Tite.

"A top-notch athlete would need four or five matches to recover properly. In the previous match he was excellent and here he repeated a high-quality performance."

Chelsea winger Willian was a constant threat to the Mexican defence with his driving runs, as he continues to improve after a disappointing display in the opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

"I'm very happy with my performance but even more so with the team's victory," he said.

Brazil are bidding for a record-extending sixth World Cup trophy after their semi-final humiliation four years ago against Germany on home soil, but would face a tough test against a talented Belgium outfit should the Red Devils get past Japan.

Highlights
  • Brazil reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Monday
  • Both teams were goalless at half-time
  • Neymar and Roberto Firmino were the two scorers for Brazil
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