It started so encouragingly for Mexico but, in the end, the country’s World Cup campaign in Russia concluded in the same manner as it has for the past six tournaments: dumped out in the round of 16.
After sensationally defeating Germany in their opening game, El Tri won one and lost one of the remaining two group games to set up a second round encounter with mighty Brazil. Despite Mexico’s valiant first-half effort, Brazil turned on the magic after the break and ran out 2-0 winners, with an assist and a goal from their “play-acting” superstar Neymar Jr. Defeated but not disgraced, the team arrived back home a few days later.
The competition continues with quarter-final games scheduled Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7. They are: France vs. Uruguay, Brazil vs. Belgium, England vs. Sweden and hosts Russia vs. Croatia.