Neymar inspires Brazil to 2-0 win over Mexico, spot in Confederations Cup semis

Brazil, which opened with a 3-0 win over Japan, will play Italy on Saturday to see which team will finish first in Group A. Italy rallied to beat Japan 4-3 later on Wednesday to pick up its second win.

updated: June 20, 2013 08:51 IST
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Fortaleza, Brazil: Neymar made the difference for Brazil again on Wednesday, scoring in the ninth minute and setting up Jo's injury-time goal to give the hosts a 2-0 win over Mexico and a spot in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup.

The Brazilian striker scored his second goal of the tournament with a left-footed volley from just inside the penalty box after Mexican defenders failed to clear a cross, then slipped past two defenders at once to set up Jo for an easy goal in the final move of the game.

"I'm happy to have played well again," Neymar said. "But what was more important was that the team had a good performance. We are improving game after game and we are getting better. This gives us more confidence for the next matches."

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