Brazil's loss to Uruguay during the 1950 World Cup finals at home still lingers deep down amongst Brazil football fans. Brazil would like to make amends for it this time around. The Brazilian team managed by Luiz Felipe Scolari looks settled, the team spirit looks great and their starting eleven almost picks on its own.
of the starting eleven players ply their trade in top leagues around
the world. Hence, one can expect Brazil to top Group A and other
teams in the group, which includes Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon
should fight it out for the second qualifying spot.
Croatia needed a play-off to qualify for this edition of the World
Cup, but they have the much needed quality to qualify for the knock
out stages. The Croatian, Luka Modric, who is fresh from the
Champions League win with Real Madrid holds the key for the European
side, along with the much improved Ivan Raktic, so one can expect a
lot of goal scoring opportunities being created.
who has also been a regular feature in the World Cup, also qualified
via a play-off. The team will be missing few important players due to
recent injuries in the pre-world cup friendlies. Mexico has changed
their coach twice in three months with Miguel Herrera being the man
in charge, at present. Much will depend on Javier Hernandez, Oribe
Peralta and Raul Jimenez to get anything out of this group.
on the other hand has failed to reach the heights of World Cup 1990.
They are a steady team and but they do not possess many star players,
so they would have to bank on the experienced striker, Samuel Etoo.
But, one cannot rule out this African nation too easily, for they
play with a lot of grit and determination. They are not going to go
down without a fight.
Brazil to top the group. Croatia shall qualify too. But it may boil
down to the crucial match between Croatia and Mexico to decide the
second qualifying spot.
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