Neymar barged his way into the 2018 FIFA World Cup limelight with a goal, an assist and another helping of histrionics as Brazil roared into the quarter-finals.
The five-times champions secured a 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday to help inflict a seventh straight second round exit on the central Americans.
The PSG forward was both architect and executioner for Brazil, sliding home in the second half and then teeing up Roberto Firmino late on.
But he also brought some drama into the game as he writhed on the floor, seemingly in agony, after Mexico’s Miguel Layun had made slight contact with his ankle.
The 26-year-old rolled around in agony after a second-half stamp from Miguel Layun, but appeared no worse for the wear later in the game
However, that should not overshadow his generally positive display, as the former champions beat an otherwise stubborn Mexico.
The Mexicans’ World Cup began with such promise with a victory over champions Germany, but ended in familiar fashion in the first knockout round.
Brazil had to wait until the 88th minute to put the match to bed when Neymar was the architect again, crossing for Firmino to tap the ball home. They will have to do without defensive midfielder Casemiro in the quarter-finals, however, after he was booked for the second time.