Brazil and Belgium clinch World Cup quarter-final places

Brazil are through to the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup after a 2-0 win over CONCACAF giants Mexico on Monday at the Samara Arena. Neymar netted his first ever knockout stage goal when he opened the scoring for the Brazilians in the 51st minute before substitute Roberto Firmino sealed the deal in the 88th.

Brazil have now qualified for their 7th consecutive World Cup quarter-final while the Mexicans have been eliminated from the round of 16 seven times in a row. The Brazilliand will next face off with Belgium who secured their quarter-final spot with a thrilling and dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 win over Japan in the second match of the day.

Japan went ahead in the 48th minute when  Genki Haraguchi slotted home a long ball from Gaku Shibasaki. 
Takashi Inui's 25-yard strike then made it 2-0 in the 52th minute and looked set to take the Asian side into their first quarter-final. But showing resilience, the Belgians would hit back when Jan Vertonghen scored a looping header in the 69th minute to get them back into the game at 1-1.

Substitute Marouane Fellaini then scored in the 65th minute to level the scores for the Belgians at 2-2. With the game seemingly headed for extra time as had occured in the two matches on Sunday,  Nacer Chadli came up with the winner in the last of the four minutes which were added for stoppages. This will be Belgium's third appearance at the quarter-final stage of the tournament, having previously done so in 1986 and 2014. 




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