Everything You Need to Know About Day 18 of the World Cup

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2018

Brazil's forward Neymar celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 2, 2018. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS        (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Brazil are into the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday. Goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino gave Tite's men the win as El Tri are knocked out.

The Selecao will now face Belgium in the last eight of the tournament with the two teams set to clash at the Rostov Arena in Monday's second match.

The Red Devils battled back from two goals down to beat Japan 3-2 in yet another sensational match in Russia.



Brazil 2-0 Mexico

Belgium 3-2 Japan


Brazil 2-0 Mexico

Mexico started the game brightly and looked to attack down the Brazil flanks with Andres Guardado and Hirving Lozano taking on full-backs Fagner and Felipe Luis.

However, clear-cut chances were at a premium for both sides in an absorbing and hard-fought first half. The action ramped up after the break as Neymar fired the Selecao ahead after 51 minutes.

Neymar backheeled the ball to Willian who burst into the penalty area and drilled in a low cross which the Paris Saint-Germain star managed to convert from close range.

Spanish football journalist David Cartlidge was impressed with the goal:

David Cartlidge @davidjaca

There's so much going on in that goal, it's magnificent. Coutinho, Willian and Neymar all executing their actions perfectly. What a move. #BRAMEX

Mexico tried to respond but found it tough going against an organised Brazil defence and needed goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to keep them in the game as he made several saves.

Brazil eventually made the game safe on 88 minutes as Neymar crossed for substitute Roberto Firmino to poke home from close range.

Journalist Fernando Duarte was impressed with Neymar's display:

Fernando Duarte @Fernando_Duarte

Professional victory for Brazil, who will now watch closely what happens between Belgium and Japan. Neymar had this best game in a long time.

Neymar seems to be growing into the tournament as Brazil increasingly look the team to beat. The Selecao have a superb defence which has conceded just once in Russia, and the flair in attack to cause defences all sorts of problems.


Belgium 3-2 Japan

The Samurai Blue stunned the Red Devils early in the second half, as they scored twice in four minutes through Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui.

The former rifled home into the corner after picking up the ball on the right, while Inui beat Thibaut Courtois with a dipping drive from 20 yards to defy expectations that they'd struggle here:

B/R Football @brfootball

jApaN dOn’T hAVe a CHanCe https://t.co/nYg0o4zIWy

Belgium benefited from some good fortune when Jan Vertonghen's looping header crept in at the back post, though, sparking a remarkable comeback from Roberto Martinez's side.

The Spaniard threw on Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli to help, and the substitutions proved to be a stroke of genius:

Match of the Day @BBCMOTD

65th minute: Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini brought on with #JPN leading by two goals ➡ 74th minute: Fellaini scores the equaliser ⚽ 94th minute: Chadli scores the winner ⚽ The double substitution comes up trumps for Robert Martinez and #BEL https://t.co/3EWVNC2CIP

Fellaini powered a header past Eiji Kawashima after being picked out by Eden Hazard, while Chadli completed the comeback in dramatic fashion as he tapped home with mere seconds remaining following a late break.