[CONFEDERATIONS CUP] Brazil knocked Mexico out of the Confederations Cup with a 2-0 win on Wednesday in Fortaleza.
Neymar was the architect, scoring the first goal on a volley in the 9th minute and setting up Jo, who came off the bench and scored in the third minute
of stoppage time for the second straight game.
Brazil had the Tri under siege for the first quarter of an hour, but little by little Mexico got
into the game and played much better than in its opening game, a 2-1 loss to Italy.
Nonetheless, Brazil is simply in another class, and the result
will only intensify the pressure for Mexico to make a coaching change. El Tri now has just one win in 10 games in 2013.
Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre tried to look at the positives of his team's performance.
"Failure? This is not a
failure," he said. "Failure is when you stop fighting, we simply did not achieve a goal. Final results are always fair. This one was. They played a good game, the team. This was a very good opponent,
and individual talent made the difference for them."
Brazil's win coupled with Italy's 4-3 win over Japan sent Brazil and Italy through to the semifinals and eliminated Mexico and Japan after only two
Italy came back from a two-goal deficit to beat in a wild game at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife.
First-half substitute Sebastian
Giovinco scored the winner in the 86th minute after Italy had come back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead.
Japan had slept-walk through its opening game, a 3-0 loss to Brazil,
but put the Azzurri under intense pressure throughout the game. The Blue Samurai came back to tie the score at 3-3 and hit the woodwork twice in short succession with a chance to go ahead.
Brazil 3 Japan
Goals: Neymar 3, Paulinho 48, Jo 90+3.
Italy 2 Mexico 1.
Goals: Pirlo 27,
Balotelli 78; Hernandez pen. 34.
Brazil 2 Mexico 0.
Goals: Neymar 9, Jo 90+3.
Italy 4 Japan 3.
Goals: De Rossi 41, own goal 50, Balotelli pen. 52, Giovinco 86; Honda 21, Kagawa 33, Okazaki 69.
Japan vs. Mexico 2:30 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
Italy vs. Brazil 2:30 p.m. ESPNEWS/WatchESPN
Standings: Brazil, Italy 6 points; Italy,
Spain 2 Uruguay 1.
Pedro 20, Soldado 32; Suarez 88.
Nigeria 6 Tahiti 1.
Elderson 5, Oduamadi 10, 26, 76, own goal
68, Elderson 80; Tehau 56.
Spain vs. Tahiti 2:45 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
Nigeria vs. Uruguay
5:45 p.m. ESPN2/WatchESPN
Nigeria vs. Spain 2:30 p.m. ESPN/WatchESPN
Uruguay vs. Tahiti 2:30
Standings: Nigeria, Spain 3 points; Uruguay, Tahiti 0.