sport news Thiago Silva hopes Neymar replicates form of PSG team-mates when Brazil take on ...

Brazil captain Thiago Silva is hoping Neymar plays as well as some of his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates 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.

Thiago Silva hopes Neymar replicates the form of his PSG team-mates against Mexico

Thiago Silva hopes Neymar replicates the form of his PSG team-mates against Mexico

Silva is confident Neymar can match the performances of Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani

Silva is confident Neymar can match the performances of Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani

'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 be fully fit until the third match of the group stage. It's now time for the knockout rounds.

'He's resumed his top performance,' Tite said.

Mbappe scores his second and France's fourth in the 4-3 win over Argentina last week

Mbappe scores his second and France's fourth in the 4-3 win over Argentina last week

The 19-year-old slides on his knees after scoring in France's impressive round of 16 win

The 19-year-old slides on his knees after scoring in France's impressive round of 16 win

Just like Neymar, the entire Brazilian team seems to have progressed in the

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