Brazil x Mexico: probable starting line-ups 17 June 2014
Hosts Brazil can start thinking about a place in the last sixteen if they beat Mexico on Tuesday in the Castelão in Fortaleza. Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men were less than convincing in their 3-1 win over Croatia and the coach may have to make at least one change from the opener. Hulk has picked up a thigh injury. Chelsea’s Ramires is on standby.
Scolari’s team could be in for a tough contest as after a 1-0 win against Cameroon, three more points for Mexico and they will be in a very strong position for a place in the next phase.
Brazil and Mexico last met in the Confederations Cup in 2013 at Tuesday’s venue. Brazil won 2-0 thanks to Neymar and Jô.
The pair have met three times in the World Cup with Brazil coming out on top on each occasion.
Mexico, however, have become a bit of a bogey team for Brazil. In their last ten meetings, each side has won four times – including victory for the Mexicans in the football final of the London Olympics in 2012. Of the squads that clashed in 2012, five (Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Oscar, Hulk and Neymar) have kept their place. Ten Mexico players remain (Corona, Salcido, Miguel Ponce, Diego Reyes, Hector Hererra, Fabian, Raul Jimenez, Peralta, Aquino and Giovanni dos Santos).
Brazil are next in action in their final Group phase game when they take on Cameroon in the estádio Mane Garrincha in Brasília 23rd June. On the same day, Mexico will play Croatia in the Arena Pernambuco in Recife.
See the Brazil squad in full here
Brazil (probable): Júlio César, Daniel Alves, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Oscar; Bernard (Ramires), Fred, Neymar
Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari
Mexico (possible): Ochoa, Rodríguez, Héctor Moreno, Rafa Márquez, Aguilar, Herrera, Vásquez, Guardado, Layún, Giovani dos Santos, Peralta
Coach: Miguel Herrera
Date: 17 June 2014
Kick-off: 16:00 (Brasília), 20:00 (London)
Venue: estádio Castelão, Fortaleza, Brazil
Officials: Cuneyt Cakir, Bahattin Duran, Tarik Ongun (All Turkey)