For Mexico, the aim was to make it to ‘game five’ – the quarter-final. Having not done so since their own home World Cups in 1978 and 1986, the Mexicans are desperate to make it so. A win against Brazil, though, would seem am ambitious aim. Can they break their hoodoo in the most wonderful way?
Brazil come into this one knowing they have the opportunity to something special here. With Philippe Coutinho and Neymar, they have two of the most powerful attacking outlets left in the tournament. Up against a Mexico defence that is now missing some important players due to suspension, it’s easy to see where the confidence comes from.
However, Brazil have looked susceptible to the counter: something that Mexico specialise in.
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A totting up of yellow cards in their loss to Sweden means Mexico are a bit light in terms of quality at the back coming into this one. A lot will fall on the shoulders of the likes of Rafael Marquez to offer much-needed experience is what is sure to be a hard-fought match-up.
We expect to see Mexico piling forward on the break, using Hirving Lozano and Carlos Vela to great effect.
We can see a Brazil win – but not by much. Mexico might simply be missing too many key players to make it out of this one. They are a quality side, though, and if they can get Lozano on the ball they might prove us wrong.