|World Cup 2014|
ScheduleTuesday, 17 June 2014 at 19:00 GMT / 20:00 UK / 00:30 IST
VenueEstádio Castelão (Fortaleza)
Next Tuesday, Brazil and Mexico will go head-to-head at Estádio Castelão in Fortaleza on a match that will mark the start of the World Cup’s second round.
After a fairly unconvincing and controversial win over Croatia for the tournament’s opening match, Brazil will now have yet another chance to test their abilities against a very well organized Mexico team. The Canarinha’s poor performance against Croatia has raised some doubts regarding the team’s consistency and their skill to win the tournament. Brazil looked like a team without ideas, fairly vulnerable back in the defence, and if it wasn’t for Oscar’s and Neymar’s glimpses of sheer geniality, the home side would have probably failed to win the match.
Scolari has proven, over the past recent matches, to be quite stubborn and “faithful” to his initial options; thus, for the match against Mexico, the Brazilian manager will probably present a starting lineup similar to the one he displayed against Croatia, with Hulk, Neymar and Oscar lurking behind the lonely front man Fred.
For next Tuesday’s clash, Felipão will almost certainly be able to count on all his players since there aren’t any names on the injury list.
As for Mexico, the match against Brazil will be a good opportunity for them to almost grant a ticket for the next stage of the competition if they manage to win. The Tricolor team put up a top quality performance against Cameroon last Friday, winning by 1-0, but if it wasn’t for the referee’s poor piece of judgement, they could have won for a fairly greater margin.
Miguel Herrera’s 5-3-2 scheme worked almost perfectly with Herrera and Guardado dictating the team’s tempo at the centre of the pitch and Mexico almost “asphyxiated” Cameroon during some periods of the match. The irreverence of Gio dos Santos and the killer instinct of Peralta offer the team plenty of attacking solutions that can even be increased if we add Javier Hernández’s versatility into the equation. To sum things up, Mexico looked a very cohese team against Cameroon and they will certainly have a word to say against Brazil.
Since there aren’t currently any injured players in the Tricolor team, Miguel Herrera will probably be able to rely on the contribution of all his players for the match against the home side.
The Canarinha are favourites for the next Tuesday’s clash; nevertheless, they will need to put up something very different from what they did against Croatia if they want to overcome a motivated Mexico team.
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Brazil (4-2-2-2) - J. César - Dani Alves - David Luiz - Thiago Silva - Marcelo - Luiz Gustavo - Paulinho - Neymar - Oscar - Hulk - Fred
Mexico (5-3-2) - Corona - Layun - Moreno - Aguilar - Marquez - Rodriguez - Herrera - Vázquez - Guardado - Gio dos Santos - Peralta
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