This year's World Cup had started so promisingly for Mexico.
Brazil have managed to remain undefeated in the competition and are looking good to make the journey all the way to the final in Luzhniki Stadium in a couple of weeks' time.
Neymar was involved in an incident when he reacted in apparent agony to being stood on by Miguel Layun before being back on his feet moments later.
- Argentina sports newspaper Ole leaves its readers in no doubt over their opinion of Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli following the team's last 16 defeat to France.
Brazil made it look easy against Mexico as Neymar looks to finally have found his rhythm.
And they would consider themselves fortunate to have weathered the Japanese storm in the dying minutes of the game, soon before their slick counter-attack which saw them net the victor deep into stoppage time to seal a 3-2 win.
Russian Federation stuns Spain on penalties to reach World Cup quarters
It is unclear if interim coach Fernando Hierro will continue in a job he did not seek before Julen Lopetegui was sent home. Russian Federation has completed the same number of passes in four World Cup matches combined, just 202 Sunday.
As they aim to lift the World Cup for a record sixth time in Moscow on July 15, their next opponents are Belgium in Kazan on Friday, in what will be something of a clash of styles - the best defence up against the best attack.
"But my God, Neymar was even given the man of the match by Federation Internationale de Football Association, but we need to have Federation Internationale de Football Association looking at this, the way he behaved in this game, I can't find any other way [of describing it] than disgraceful".
That's just so pathetic, and given that the World Cup is an advert of sorts for the attractive game, it should be called out.
Neymar's dispute with Layun unfolded as the Mexico substitute tried to recover the ball.
"He has to know that today diving is a yellow card and VAR exists". Their win against Mexico in the Samara Arena took them one step closer to the title they haven't won since 2002, but still left some questions to be answered.
"He's played all four games and hasn't done too badly out of it". Jan Vertonghen (69), Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui (74) and Nacer Chadli (90+4) all scored goals after being down 0:2 to Japan, all five goals scored in the second half. Tite came to join him.