And so Brazil are through to the World Cup quarter-final.

Monday's victory over Mexico confirmed their place in the last-eight. They remain the favourites to lift a sixth World Cup, but Eamon Dunphy is not so keen on their chances to last the distance on the back of their performance against the Mexicans.

He told 2fm's Game On: "Okay, Brazil were worthy winners. Mexico went at them in the first half an hour and looked a really good side. In the last 15 minutes of the first half, Brazil got hold of the ball and slowed the game down a bit.

"In the second half, they were still working very hard for the breakthrough and it was Neymar who finally put them in front. At that stage, Mexico had run themselves into the ground but it wasn't a particularly impressive performance from the Brazilians."

Summing the performance up further, the RTÉ analyst added: "They have got their work cut out. It wasn't a performance that would convince you that they can beat the teams they have to beat - they are in the tougher half of the draw. It wasn't a performance to say that they are World Cup winners in waiting. I certainly would not be as bullish as some people are about them.

Firmino applying the finishing touch

"Jesus didn't look on form and is only a patch on Firmino, who should be starting in the team."

Fellow analyst Alan Cawley described this current Brazil side as "efficient".

Elaborating more on that efficiency, he said: "They are a lot more solid than previous Brazil teams, certainly more solid than the team who shipped seven against Germany in the last World Cup.

"They look stronger at the back with the likes of Silva and Miranda. The stats back that up as they have only conceded one goal in nine games which is really good form."

Similar to Dunphy, the former Shelbourne player would like to see more of Firmino in the starting XI.

"Firmino came on and within seconds he was tapping the ball into the net. He should be starting. I like Jesus, but he's struggling at the moment and looks like a lad who is low in confidence.

"That said, the manager did go out on a limb to say that Jesus is his number nine." 

An alternate view on Brazil's chances came from Hope Solo on RTÉ 2's coverage of the last-16 encounter.

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