Fifa World Cup 2014: Brazil versus Mexico preview

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Fortaleza (Brazil), June 17: A confident Brazil will take on Mexico in their second match in Group A of the 2014 Fifa World Cup here on Tuesday. The match will be held at the Estádio Castelão, which has a seating capacity of over 67,000.

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Brazil, the group toppers at the moment owing to a better goal difference, will look to secure their second round spot by registering a win over their opponents. The five-time champions beat Croatia 3-1 after conceding an own-goal in the 11th minute. Neymar scored two while Oscar one to help the former champions seal the final score in their favour. Mexico, on the other hand, beat Cameroon by a solitary goal in their first match which saw a number of goals (including two by Mexico's Giovani dos Sontos) being cancelled by the referee.


The Brazil-Mexico match will be interesting more for other reasons. Two years ago, Mexico had dashed Brazil's dream of winning the Olympic football by defeating them 2-1 in the final. The hosts will look to avenge that loss in today's game.

Both Brazil and Mexico have won their first matches of this World Cup

Overall, Brazil and Mexico have played 38 matches and the former have won 22 of them. Mexico have won only six. Brazil have also won each of the three matches they have played against Mexico so far with an aggregate score of 11-0. The last time that these teams had met in a World Cup was in 1954 when Brazil won 4-0.

Last year, these two teams met at the same venue in the Confederations Cup and Brazil won the match 2-0. Mexico have beaten a South American opponent only once in a World Cup. The only victory came against Ecuador in the 2002 edition in South Korea and Japan.

While Brazil will look to Neymar to continue with his good form, Oribe Peralta, who scored the winner against Cameroon and has scored nine goals in the last seven competitive matches, will be the man for Mexico. Mexican coach Miguel Herrera indicated that he was in no hurry to play Manchestar United striker Javier Hernandez, who played as a substitute for Peralta against Cameroon the other day.

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