KATHMANDU — Brazil advance to their seventh consecutive World Cup Quarter Final after a 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday. Neymar scored one goal playing a key role in the second half as Brazil edged out Mexico in Samara to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.
Brazil have reached the quarter-finals of every World Cup since 1994. And, Mexico have been in the last 16 every time since then, but never the last eight.
Brazil did not have it all their own way, especially in an opening period dominated by Mexico, but the five-time winners grew into what became a controlled performance.
Second half goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino gave Brazil its victory. In the first half Mexico started the game well but couldn’t create any real chances, Brazil grew into the game, however, and had the best chances of the first half as they forced a couple of saves from Guillermo Ochoa.
Brazil is now going through to the quarterfinals to face Belgium, while Mexico leaves the tournament at the Round of 16 stage for the seventh consecutive time.Follow @gorkhapost
France beats Croatia 4-2 to clinch 2nd World Cup title
MOSCOW — France has clinched its second FIFA World Cup title after beating Croatia 4-2 in the finals in Moscow on Sunday in the highest-scoring final since 1966.
France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup final. The own-goal off the top of Mario Mandzukic’s head was the 12th of the tournament.
Argentine referee Nestor Pitana initially didn’t call the handball but awarded the spot kick after a video review – the first time in a World Cup final. Antoine Griezmann converted the penalty to put France back in front.
Croatia rallied to equalize with a terrific left-foot strike by Ivan Perisic; however France took the lead right back when Perisic handled the ball in his own penalty area.
The match was temporarily disrupted when four pitch invaders ran onto the field in the 52nd minute before being dragged away by security and police.
Punk rock group Pussy Riot quickly claimed responsibility for the pitch invasion via social media, saying it was a protest aimed at ending illegal arrests of protesters and to allow political competition in Russia.
Play resumed and France quickly took a 4-1 lead with goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe in the 59th and 65th minutes.
Croatia was playing in its first World Cup final. For France, it was a first World Cup crown since winning on home soil in 1998.Follow @gorkhapost