Two nations Brazil and Mexico, fresh from their victory against Croatia and Cameroon respectively are going to face one another in their Group A encounter later today at Estadio Castelao Fortaleza. Brazil remains to be one of the favourties to not only top the group, but also win the competition, while Mexico, Cameroon and Croatia might have to fight it out for the second spot to progress further in the competition.
defeated Croatia 3-1 in the first match of the competition, but they
were far from their best. Many claimed if Brazil are to win the
title, they need to improve their game on several fronts, while
Mexico played a good game against Cameroon, which they won 1-0,
though they should have won the game by atleast two clear goals.
The Mexicans are
aware of the threat Brazil possesses with the strong Brazilian crowd
supporting the home team. Mexico might not possess a number of stars
like the Brazilian side, but they too have players who could pose a
threat to Brazil, which includes Giovani Dos Santos, wing backs,
Hector Herrera and Oribe Peralta. But, all their players need to come
up good to defeat Brazil, else it is not fair to rely on three
But, it is
Brazil's quality in the squad, which makes them a strong unit.
Players such as Neymar, Fred, Hulk, Alaves, Paulinho etc terrorise
their opponents with their skillful display. Though, the team might
be forced to change their forward line with Hulk suffering a left leg
injury, but it should not be a cause of concern for Scolari, as he
has plenty of class in his squad for replacement. Bernard could be an
ideal replacement for Hulk.
But, with Mexico
having an impressive track record against Brazil, the hosts are not
going to take them lightly, for Mexico has always proved to be a
tough ask, as they have defeated Brazil seven times in the last 13
meetings, which is a significant number. Mexico also clinched the
gold medal away from Brazil in the 2012 Olympic Games. But, Brazil
could take confidence from their win in the last confederations cup,
where they defeated Mexico 2-0.
But, there is
higher stake in the competition this time around as it is the
prestigious world cup, where Brazil is under tremendous pressure to
win the title.