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World Cup (Group Stage) Match Preview: Brazil vs. Mexico

World Cup (Group Stage) Match Preview: Brazil vs. Mexico

Match Date: 17 June 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza

(Featured Image: Brazil | Source: FIFA)

 

This match will be the 39th overall meeting between Brazil and Mexico, both winners in the first leg of their brawls against Croatia and Cameroon, respectively. The sides have already combatted in three battles at the World Cup and the host nation has won all of them. Their most recent tourney was in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage, whereby Brazil scored 2–0 on goals by Neymar and Jô.

 

Brazil

Brazil opened the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a controversial win over Croatia 3-1. While Selecao have not failed to deliver stunners—particularly from the rising star Neymar who scored a brace—it was in the refereeing duty that attracted more headlines. The match nearly looked to be destined in a draw have not Yuichi Nishimura awarded Brazil a penalty for an alleged tackle by the Croatians against Brazil’s Fred.  But in reality, the fall was very theatrical and the Croatian player barely touched his rival. Nevertheless, all goals were scored by Brazil—including an own goal that recorded the nation’s very first time to incur such a shame.

 

Mexico

Mexico won against Cameroon in a one-goal clean sheet. Giovani dos Santos could have bolstered his side’s final score if only his two goals were not considered offside. His first goal appeared to have been in line with the defender but his second apparently came from their rivals. In second half, El Tri have finally converted when dos Santos’ strike was saved by Charles Itandje but rebounded into the path of Oribe Peralta, who delivered the only valid goal in the fixture.

 

World Cup betting tip: As with the past results, Brazil will dominate over Mexico.

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