7’: Marquez Solid within the Middle
Marquez has parked himself in entrance of the middle backs, Ayala and Salcedo, as a deep-lying midfielder/forward-covering middle again. He’ll be there all day, offering cowl and steerage as Brazil fees in.
5’: Neymar Kicks a Knuckleball
A giveaway by Mexico provides Neymar an open take a look at the highest of the penalty space. THIS IS NOT A GOOD STRATEGY MEXICO! His knuckling shot fools Ochoa a bit, nevertheless it’s straight at him, so he simply punches it away.
four’: Neymar Tumbles
And Neymar takes his first dramatic tumble to win a free kick. It gained’t be his final.
Three’: Chicharito Flattens Fagner
Fagner will get run over, and stepped on, by Chicharito as he tries to interrupt throughout the midfield stripe. Sorry not sorry, Hernandez says. Free kick for Brazil.
2’: Corner for Mexico
That one from Guardado is healthier: he will get in sooner, and sends in a harmful cross that Alisson has to dive to poke away. The clearance will get Mexico a nook although, which they promptly waste.
1’: Mexico Pushes Early
Mexico will get us going and tries to spring Guardado down the left. But he’s received no choice, and ran a bit deep, after which kicks the ball out himself for a objective kick. Mexico will need to be direct once more, although. But loner runs like which might be simple for Brazil to deal with.
Brazil vs. Mexico: The Crew
There’s an Italian within the center at the moment — Gianliuca Rocchi — and an all-Italian V.A.R. crew again in Moscow.
Expect Mexico to Counterattack
Mexico Manager Juan Carlos Osorio, whereas praising Brazil, hinted his crew would method at the moment’s sport a lot because it did its win over Germany: by acknowledging the opponent’s technical talent, but additionally operating proper at them on the counter.
“Our footballing style has more to do with creating defensive problems in the opposition line,” he mentioned. “We never throw in the towel and give up on attacking.”
Brazil’s Starting Lineup
There’s affirmation that Brazil makes just one change, sending out Filipe Luis for the injured Marcelo.
1 Alisson (Roma)
2 Thiago Silva (Paris St Germain)
Three Miranda (Inter Milan)
5 Casemiro (Real Madrid)
6 Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid)
9 Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
10 Neymar (Paris St Germain)
11 Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona)
15 Paulinho (Barcelona)
19 Willian (Chelsea)
22 Fagner (Corinthians)
Marquez Starts for Mexico
The presence of Marquez within the Mexico lineup at the moment sends a few alerts. The first, proven in his first appearances within the match and confirmed by at the moment’s begin, is that Mexico isn’t letting something have an effect on its preparations or crew choice for matches on the World Cup. But the extra necessary sign is that this: Manager Juan Carlos Osorio has clearly determined that he wants a veteran presence within the middle of his protection in opposition to Brazil. And he trusts Marquez, who has seen all of it in an extended membership and worldwide profession.
In some methods, the transfer is harking back to Russia’s beginning 38-year-old Sergey Ignashevich in opposition to Spain (and each different sport). Even at their age, he and Marquez act as a safety blanket for a coach, a reduction that it doesn’t matter what occurs, they gained’t be fazed by it.
Mexico’s Starting Lineup
13 Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege)
2 Hugo Ayala (Tigres)
Three Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt)
four Rafael Marquez (Atlas)
11 Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC)
14 Javier Hernandez (West Ham)
16 Hector Herrera (Porto)
18 Andres Guardado (Real Betis)
21 Edson Alvarez (America)
22 Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven)
23 Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey)
Brazil star Neymar actually has his critics, however contemplate his numbers in group play:
dribbles (17), fouls gained (17), pictures (16), and probabilities created (11).
All of these numbers had been the very best from Group E.
Mexico Goes Blond
The groups are out for warmups in Samara, giving everybody their first prolonged take a look at the bleached blond dye jobs Javier Hernandez and Miguel Layun received accomplished between video games. It’s, um, one thing.
In a little bit of unlucky timing, a little bit of Juan Carlos Osorio’s pregame reward for Brazil on Sunday reads type of like a dig at the moment.
“Brazil are a great team, they’re the best team in the world,” Mexico’s supervisor mentioned. “That is because each of their players can control, pass and they behave as a unit just like Spain, Germany.”
Behaving as a unit “just like Spain” hardly qualifies as a praise at the moment.
Keep an Eye on Chicharito
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s may very well be enjoying in his closing World Cup sport for Mexico. Or he may cement his legend as one of many nation’s all-time greats. He scored the game-winner in opposition to South Korea within the group stage and can be essential to Mexico’s assault in opposition to Brazil
Mexico’s Manager on the Hot Seat
Mexico’s followers had been grumbling about their manager, Juan Carlos Osorio, earlier than the World Cup after which singing his identify after the crew gained its first two video games. What occurs if El Tri goes out at the moment within the second spherical, for the seventh straight World Cup?
Brazil vs. Mexico: The History
Brazil and Mexico have performed 4 earlier matches on the World Cup. Brazil is Three-Zero-1 in them, and has outscored Mexico by 11-Zero.
Mexico is seeking to keep away from its seventh straight second-round exit from the World Cup. But it has to surprise if it misplaced its momentum in its collapse in opposition to Sweden. This is the fourth sport in two weeks for every crew, and the weekend video games confirmed the heavy legs beginning to present up — particularly within the two video games that went to further time.