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Brazil Firm as Bookmakers’ Favourites for World Cup

Mexico’s Carlos Vela looks dejected as Brazil’s Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and team mates celebrate victory after the World Cup Round of 16 Brazil vs Mexico match in Samara Arena, Samara, (Reuters)

Kazan – Brazil firmed up to 3-1 favourites to win the World Cup for the sixth time after goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino secured a 2-0 win over Mexico and a place in the quarter-finals on Monday.

France, 4-3 winners over Argentina on Saturday, remained 7-2 chances ahead of Belgium, who came in to 5-1 after rallying from two goals down to beat Japan 3-2 on Monday and set up a last eight contest against the Brazilians in Kazan.

England, who play their last 16 match against Colombia on Tuesday, were back out to 6-1 along with Croatia, who needed penalties to get past Denmark on Sunday.

Hosts Russia, who face the Croats in the quarter-finals, remain long shots at 20-1 despite beating former world champions Spain on penalties in the last 16.

Latest odds to win the World Cup:

3-1 Brazil

7-2 France

5-1 Belgium

6-1 England, Croatia

14-1 Uruguay

20-1 Colombia, Russia

33-1 Switzerland

40-1 Sweden

(Reuters)

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