The highly anticipated Mexico vs Brazil (Brasil) World Cup 2014 match will take place at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 12:00 PM Pacific. Both teams managed to snag a win in their opening World Cup matches, acquiring a much needed 3 points. Nonetheless, both of those matches involved some controversial calls by the referees throughout the games. With Mexico playing at a high level against Cameroon, one can expect their upcoming match against Brazil to be an entertaining game.
Brazil Team News
Although Brazil secured a 3-1 win over Croatia, their overall performance was not as good as it could have been. One of their biggest weaknesses during the game was their defense. This allowed the Croatians to consistently find their way through and pose a threat throughout the game. An unfortunate rebound off of Marcelo led to an own goal by Brazil, which only complicated matters for the Brazilians. Neymar managed to score two goals and played better than most of his squad mates
Their upcoming game against Mexico will most likely require the Brazilians to show a strong performance. Even though Mexico seemed like the home crowd in their last game against Cameroon, Brazil fans will surely occupy most of the stadium in this game. Brazil’s last game against Croatia was not one of their finest, but against Mexico, they will show a better team performance.
Mexico Team News
Mexico had an overall great performance against The Indomitable Lions, Cameroon, and proved that they can still play well in big stages. A 1-0 win may not seem like a very convincing win, but the team had played exceptionally well and the score should have been higher. After all, the sideline referees invalidated two goals from El Tri by calling them offside, even though they weren’t. Giovani dos Santos was certainly not pleased with the referees nullifying two of his goals. Players such as Jose Juan Vasquez and Hector Herrera stepped their game up and kept the Cameroonians on their toes at all times.
Eventually, the hero who managed to score for El Tri was Oribe Peralta, who was in a slump in recent games. This proved to be the game winner for Mexico against Cameroon. Mexico will have to play exceptionally against Brazil in order for them to at least get a tie. It is easier said than done, but Mexico cannot afford to lose in what may be a tightly contested Group A.
Mexico vs Brazil Prediction
The Estadio Castelao will have a very energetic crowd and it will lead to what can be a passionate game. After some good games between Brazil and Mexico in the past, people will be expecting this game to be going back and forth. Brazil will seek to prove that their squad is at an elevated level and Mexico will want to show that they can keep up with them. During these games is when great players come out of their shells and make a name for themselves in the global stage. As usual, Neymar will perform at a high level and represent Brazil with honor and passion. After what can be an intense game, Brazil will come out on top with a score of 2-1.
Mexico vs Brazil TV Schedule
The Mexico vs Brazil match will be televised on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision, and ESPN 3 (stream).
UPDATE: Mexico tied Brazil 0-0 in a historic match for Mexico. View highlights here.