But Costa Rica, Serbia and now Mexico have fallen before the Brazilians in order, and with Neymar scoring, Philippe Coutinho creating and a back four allowing nearly nothing, the five-time World Cup champions will be a tough out now. For the opener, Neymar slid toward the goal and tapped in Willian's low cross from the left.
While history pointed to a Brazilian win - Mexico lined up at the Samara Arena having never beaten the Brazilians at the World Cup - this has been a tournament of surprises. It turned out to be pure histrionics. But not before trying to step on Layun.
Meanwhile Brazil, the favorites to win the competition, extended its unbeaten run to 15 games and will now prepare to face Belgium or Japan in the last eight.
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio stressed that Mexico needs to export more players to Europe in order to compete with the likes of Brazil in World Cups and stated his future will be decided at a later date.
Rafael Marquez believes Mexico paid the price for a poor ending to their Group F campaign with Monday's last-16 defeat to Brazil in Samara.
Neymar proceeded to roll around like he'd been shot, as commentators could only watch on astounded.
'It's a man's sport and there shouldn't be so much acting.
Brazil coach Tite defended his player, saying: "Neymar hasn't done anything".
Osorio also criticised Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi for ruling too often for Brazil, though he admitted his team lacked the finishing touch needed to find a goal. Hirving Lozano's half-volley was well blocked by Miranda, while at the other end, Ochoa was equal to Neymar's powerful drive from just outside the penalty area. If he does, we should see more of the slick attacking play we expect from Brazil along the way. With the "Fubo Premier" bundle, you will get access to all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets.
Neymar's right-foot shot was stopped by Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa only moments before the Brazil playmaker rolled a pass to Philippe Coutinho, who fired over the goal in the 26th minute.
Neymar, though, still led the celebrations, charging toward the corner flag.
"Brazil are a great team, they're the best team in the world", Osorio said.
After a return to its training base in Sochi, Brazil heads back north to Kazan for Friday's quarterfinal match.