The next two matches of the Round of 16 were held of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018. The match wise highlights are appended below.

World Cup 2018: Round Of 16 – Day 2 – Summary & Highlights

FIFA World Cup 2018 – M53: Brazil Vs Mexico 2-0

WC ’18 – Match 51: Brazil Vs Mexico

Result: 2 – 0

Goal Scorers:

  • Brazil: Neymar 51′ ,  Roberto Firmino 88′

Match Statistics:

Brazil

Team Statistics

Mexico

20

Shots 14
10 Shots On Target

1

48%

Possession 52%

383

Passes 406
83% Pass Accuracy

86%

6 Fouls

17

2

Yellow Cards 4
0 Offsides

2

8 Corners

7

Highlights:

  • With most of the favorite teams out of the World Cup 2018, Mexico were pretty confident of continuing this trend by knocking Brazil out of the World Cup.
  • Mexico put up a strong defense in the 1st half as the Brazilian strikers couldn’t pass through the stone wall made up of Mexican defenders.

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  • On the other hand, Mexico also couldn’t score a single goal as the 1st half ended in a draw.

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  • In the 2nd half of the match, Mexico made an early substitution as Migel Layun was induced into the mid-field.
  • But, this change didn’t help the Mexicans as the pressure created on Mexico finally bore fruit and Neymar scored the opening goal to put Brazil in the lead.

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  • Panic set in the Mexican line-up as suddenly they became much more aggressive with their attacks.
  • Yellow cards and substitutions became the story for the next few minutes as Mexicans were trying their best to equalize the scoreboard.

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  • But, Brazil were not moving an inch from their defense as the Mexican attackers were denied one try after the other.
  • The match entered the last five minutes of play as Philippe Coutinho was inducted into the attack and proved to a super substitution as 2 minutes later he scored to make it 2 – 0.

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  • Mexico couldn’t even score a single goal as they ousted out of the FIFA World Cup 2018.

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FIFA World Cup 2018 – M54: Japan Vs Belgium 2-0

WC ’18 – Match 54: Japan Vs Belgium

Result: 2 – 0

Goal Scorers:

  • Japan: Genki Haraguchi 48′ , Takashi Inui 52′
  • Belgium: Jan Vertonghen 69′ , Marouane Fellaini 74′ , Nacer Chadli 90’+4′

Match Statistics:

Brazil

Team Statistics

Mexico

24

Shots 11

8

Shots On Target 4
58% Possession

42%

595 Passes

451

86%

Pass Accuracy 81%

13

Fouls 9

0

Yellow Cards

1

1 Offsides

1

10 Corners

6

Highlights:

  • Japan started the match against Belgium, hoping to pull off another major upset.
  • On the other hand, Belgium also weren’t taking the Japanese lightly and the pre-match statement from Belgium’s goalkeeper endorsed the same idea.
  • In the 1st half of the match, Belgium were quite impressive with their passes and play making style.

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  • Japan on the other hand, weren’t as much great in their ball passing, but it didn’t matter as neither they nor Belgium scored a single goal in the 1st half.

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  • The 1st half was quite boring, but the 2nd half was the complete opposite.
  • As, 3 minutes into the 2nd half, Genki Haraguchi scored to surprise Belgium and put Japan in the lead.

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  • The Japanese weren’t done yet as Takashi Inui’s unbelievable goal from outside the box doubled the lead over Belgium.

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  • In an effort to get back into this match, Marouane Fellaini was substituted for Dries Mertens into the midfield.
  • Belgium became ferocious with their play and after continuous attacks they broke the Japanese wall as Jan Vertonghen scored for Belgium.

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  • After 5 minutes Belgium scored yet again and this time it was the substitute, Marouane Fellaini whose superb header found the nets and Belgium equalized with 2 – 2.

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  • The match went into the 2nd half’s injury time as extra time was surely a possibility.
  • But, the chances of a possible penalty shoot out was eliminated as Nacer Chadli scored and broke millions of heart to throw Japan out of the World Cup 2018.

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