Soccer News – World Cup – Brazil-Mexico
The teams of Brazil and Mexico face each other in another 1/8-final clash from the World Cup in Russia. This game is going to be played at the Samara Arena in the city of Samara.
Brazil reached the 1/8-finals of the World Cup after winning their group with two wins (against Costa Rica and Serbia) and one draw (against Switzerland). In these three matches Selecao scored 5 goals and conceded just once. We can’t say that Brazil showed their best football in the group stage, but they proved to be an effective team, which knows how to get what it needs from a game.
Mexico started their World Cup adventure with a win over the world champion Germany, which the Aztecs followed with a win over South Korea as well. In their final game in the group the Mexicans lost against Sweden, but despite of this, they managed to finish second in the group. In these matches – or at least the first two, Mexico proved to be a team which operates very good via counter attacks. You can be sure that they will try to use this weapon against Brazil as well.
Brazil’s manager Tite has some problems before the game. Marcelo, Danilo and Douglas Costa are injured, so they are going to miss the game. And if Danilo and Douglas Costa are not even starters in the team, Marcelo’s absence is a serious problem for the Selecao. Real Madrid’s ace is going to be replaced by Filipe Luis, but surely he’s going to be missed.
Mexico also have some problems before this 1/8-final clash. El Tri are going to be without one of their most important players – the central defender Hector Moreno, who is suspended for the game.
Neymar is the big star of this Brazilian team, but Barcelona’s Phillipe Coutinho is the man in form at the moment. Coutinho scored two goals in the group stages and he’s proving to be a very influental player in Tite’s team. Neymar on the other hand is still trying to impress in the way it’s expected of him, while the central forward Gabriel Jesus is still without a goal on Russian soil.
Speed kills. Mexico will rely on their pace in attack to hurt Brazil. The striker Javier Hernandez is going to be supported by pacey players like Carlos Vela and Hirving Lozano. These three showed against Germany that when they counter attack, they turn Mexico into a really dangerous side.
Brazil are favourites for reaching the 1/4-finals, but you shall not underrestimate Mexico. It’s true that El Tri did not show their best game against Sweden in their previous match, but they won against Germany and proved to be a very capable team. Most likely they will sit deep against Selecao and they will rely on their deadly counter attacks. Meanwhile Brazil will have to find a way to attack without exposing their back too much. If they manage to do it, we believe that they will win this match.