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Club-mate backing Neymar to emulate fellow PSG stars

By Paul Burrows

Thiago Silva has backed Neymar to follow in the footsteps of Paris St Germain team-mates Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani by shining in the World Cup knockout stages.

Fellow PSG players Mbappe and Cavani were instrumental in their countries reaching the quarter-finals on Saturday.

Brazil face Mexico in the last 16 of the competition today. And defender Silva, who plays with all three players in Paris, believes Neymar could replicate the exploits of France forward Mbappe and Uruguay striker Cavani.

"When the (France and Uruguay) games were over, I thought the same thing, that Neymar will have his way in our match," said Silva.

"We hope it is going to be a great game and Neymar is inspired as well as the other players."

Brazil vs Mexico

World Cup Round of 16:

Samara Arena, Today, 3.00pm

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