After the success of his PSG teammates, Neymar faces Mexico

After the success of his PSG teammates, Neymar faces Mexico
Brazil’s Neymar attends a training session, in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 29, 2018. Brazil will face Mexico on July 2 in the round of 16 for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Brazil captain Thiago Silva is hoping Neymar plays as well as some of his Paris Saint-Germain teammates have done in the knockout round of the World Cup.

Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored a pair of goals in France’s 4-3 victory over Argentina, sending Lionel Messi out of the tournament. Edinson Cavani then scored both goals in Uruguay’s 2-1 victory that eliminated Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Perhaps some of that PSG magic will strike on Monday when Brazil faces Mexico at Samara Arena.

”We hope tomorrow will be a great day and that Neymar is inspired as much as the other players,” said Silva, who also plays for Paris Saint-Germain.

Neymar drew concern early in the tournament because of what appeared to be a right ankle injury following the team’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland. He was fouled 10 times during the match and later was seen limping after practice before the team’s second match against Costa Rica, but the team said it was only a precaution.

The Brazilian soccer confederation has said Neymar’s ankle problem had nothing to do with the foot injury that sidelined him for about three months earlier this year. Brazil coach Tite said before the tournament started that Neymar wouldn’t likely…