In their Monday’s World Cup round of 16 fixtures against Mexico, Brazil will be another big team trying to avoid an early exit after Germany, Argentina and Spain.
Mexico surprised the world in their first group match itself, earning a 1-0 win over defending champions Germany. After a shameful 3-0 loss to Sweden in the last group stage match, South Korea’s shock 2-0 win over Germany saw them retain their second place and qualify for the Round of 16 at the expense of the great Germany.
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The two teams will be looking to hit top form, with the World Cup entering the knock out stage. Let’s look at what to expect in this fixture.
Team News & Tactics
Brazil coach Tite has to deal with a few injury issues. Therefore, expect few changes. Fagner performed well on the right back against Serbia and should be the one to start, even if Danilo manages to recover from his knock in time.
Marcelo is a doubt and Tite would hope he is back in time to start. But, in case he is not ready, Filipe Luis will be deputised on the left. Fred has recovered and will be an option from the bench for Tite, with the manager likely to keep the same midfield three.
Douglas Costa is set to miss this game and perhaps, more, if his side comes out of the match as the winner. This means Willian and Neymar are sure to start.
Mexico will play without one of their main players Hector Moreno who is suspended. The defender will be a big loss at the back, especially in such a tough tie. Juan Carlos Osorio will likely ask the likes of Hector Herrera, Miguel Layun and Jesus Gallardo to be attentive about their actions on the field. The three players are one booking away from being suspended for the Quarter-Final, should Mexico advance.
Hector Moreno is likely to be replaced by Hugo Ayala. The 31-year-old will partner Carlos Salcedo at the back, with Edison Alvarez and Jesus Gallardo on either side of the pair.
Brazil (4-3-3): Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Casemiro, Coutinho; Willian, Firmino, Neymar
Mexico (4-2-3-1): Ochoa; Alvarez, Salcedo, Ayala, Gallardo; Herrera, Guardado; Layun, Vela, Lozano; Chicharito
- Brazil have never conceded a goal against Mexico at the World Cup, with an aggregate score of 11-0 in four meetings at the grand event.
- Brazil have not failed to reach the Quarter-Final at the World Cup since their failure in the 1990 edition.
- Mexico have been knocked out at the Round of 16 stage in each of their last six World Cup appearances.
- Mexico have played the most amount of matches at the World Cup without securing the title of the World Champions. (56 matches)
- Brazil are unbeaten in their last 14 internationals, with their last loss coming in a 1-0 defeat to Argentina in June, 2017.
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Brazil have been carried by Coutinho until now. But, with the knockout stage upon us, expect Neymar to rise to the occasion. The PSG forward will want to prove his worth to Brazilians and the World in general.