However, Brazil's star man finally awoke from his slumber against Mexico with a match-winning display.
For Mexico, the defeat is no doubt a big disappointment for a talented group of players and millions of fans around the country who, after a promising start to the tournament, had dared to dream that El Tri could go farther in Russian Federation 2018 than the team had ever gone before.
Brazil continued its run for redemption through the 2018 World Cup on Monday with a 2-0 win over Mexico to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
Brazil's match victor Neymar clearly thinks Mexico players "talked too much" before their round of 16 defeat on Monday afternoon. Mexico had 13 shots at goal but only one really tested the Brazilian goalkeeper.
SAMARA, Russia - Neymar flaunted his flair and his theatrics with a goal and an assist Monday at the World Cup.
Osorio said the incident halted Mexico's momentum as they chased the game following Neymar's opening goal, and that referee Gianluca Rocchi "favoured Brazil".
Click through the gallery above to see pictures of Neymar's play-acting against Mexico.
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But, he added: " Argentina will play an aggressive style of football, we're going to attack from kick-off". With the talent Messi has, sometimes there is not a great deal you can do because he is so unpredictable.
The Brazilian will likely line up to face Belgium in their quarter-final on Friday (7pm) in Kazan.
Following that, they lost to Germany (1998), United States (2002), Argentina (2006 and 2010), Netherlands (2014) and this time to Brazil.
World Cup action continues today as England take on Colombia for a place in the quarter-finals against Sweden or Switzerland.
Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. The same tactic worked wonders for the team when they defeated Germany in the group stage.
This is a testament to Brazil's defence who are often subjected to accusations they are rarely tested and once they are they won't be able to cope. The team could've had more than one goal in the period but Ochoa pulled off a string of good saves. When we do have the ball, we try to do what we know we do well.
Neymar yelped in pain and writhed around on the ground, even though it appeared obvious that Layun, whose heel was on the ground, could not have put any real weight on his opponent.
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Willian also won the praises of Brazil assistant coach Sylvinho, who pointed out his sterling work at covering right-back Fagner on a flank that was targeted early on by Mexico on the break. This was similar to the performances against Costa Rica and Serbia last week when they did just about enough to win.