In the end, Mexico leaves Russian Federation with consecutive scoreless matches.
There were no shortage of sombreros in the crowd as Mexican fans decked out the stadium with oversize straw hats and wrestling masks, while Brazilian fans were equally zealous in their fashion choices, featuring headbands in blue, yellow and green with many fans also displaying their country's flag in face paint.
Mexico has now lost in the round of 16 at every tournament over the same period of time, extending its wait for the "quinto partido" - or fifth game - for at least another four years.
Midfielders Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui scored in the 48th and 52nd minutes to give Japan a surprising 2-0 lead.
That allowed Firmino, a second-half substitute who had come on just two minutes earlier, to tack on an insurance goal in the 88th minute.
Despite his praise for Mexico, Neymar was put out by a stamp suffered at the feet of Miguel Layun.
Asked if Neymar was becoming more mature and curbing the emotional side of his game, Tite responded: "I think your question answers itself".
Neymar scored one goal and created another as his increasingly impressive Brazil side overpowered the Mexicans 2-0 in sweltering conditions.
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The star forward opened the scoring early in the second half at the Samara Arena and it was his shot being saved which led to Roberto Firmino's 88th-minute clincher.
This is a testament to Brazil's defence who are often subjected to accusations they are rarely tested and once they are they won't be able to cope. He said video evidence would show Layun had offended but preferred to concentrate on aspects of Neymar's performance.
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'Unfortunately it's a shame we wasted so much time for one player.
It can have no complaints about its loss to Brazil, though; the Brazilians were the better team and looked fresher even at the end. "We were maybe not very efficient and we didn't have that extra quality that they had coming to our goal".