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#Brazinga2014 Match Preview: Brazil v/s Mexico

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 9:41pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

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Brazil take on Mexico on June 18 in a Group A clash at the Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza.

Brazil will be high on confidence as they won the opening World Cup match against Croatia 3-1, despite going a goal down in the 11th minute. After falling behind to Croatia because of Marcelo's own goal in the 11th minute, 22-year Neymar took the responsibility on his shoulders. Neymar equalized the score in the 29th minute. He doubled the lead for the host on the 71st minute from the penalty spot and the third goal was added in the 91st minute by  Oscar.

Mexico played Cameroon in their opening match. It was a controversial match as Mexico's Giovani Dos Santos had 2 goals wrongly disallowed against Cameroon. However, Oribe Peralta gave Mexico the lead in the 61th minute and eventually went on to win the controversial match. 

The match between Brazil and Mexico will surely be the one to watch. The last time these two teams met each other in a major tournament, it was the 2012 Olympics final, where Brazil lost 2-1 to Mexico. It was disappointing for Brazil as the Olympic football tournament is the only international competition in football organized by FIFA that Brazil has never won.

The Olympic final is the only upset Brazil have faced by Mexico. It the head-to-head records, Brazil have the edge. Here are some of the stats of Brazil vs Mexico fixtures:

* In the 38 previous games played between these two teams, 107 goals have been produced. Brazil have won 22 and scored 71 goals, with Mexico claiming just six victories but also scoring on 36 occasions.

* Brazil and Mexico are meeting for the fourth time at the World Cup. Brazilians have won their previous three meetings with an aggregate score of 11-0.

* The last time Brazil and Mexico met each other in the World Cup was in the opening game of the 1950 edition at the Maracanã. Brazil won that match 4-0.

* Brazil and Mexico played each other in the 2013 Confederations Cup, at the same venue as this game, the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. Brazil won the match won 2-0, with the help of goals from Neymar and Jô.

* On October 31, 1968, it was the only time when Mexico defeated Brazil (in a friendly match) on their home soil (2-1).

* Mexico have managed to win only one of their 11 games at the World Cup against South American opponents, having drawn two and lost eight. A 2-1 victory over Ecuador in 2002 is their only victory over South American opponents in their last 11 games at the World Cup.

* Luiz Felipe Scolari has faced Mexico once before at the World Cup. It was in charge of Portugal in the 2006 edition. His side won 2-1 in the group stages.

* Neymar has scored 33 goals in only 50 appearances for Brazil. He has six in his last four appearances for the Seleção.

* Brazil have lost only one of their 34 World Cup matches in the first round/group stages of the World Cup since 1970 (Won: 27 / Draw: 6) Brazil had faced 2-1 defeat against Norway in their final group game of 1998 (but they had already qualified for the next stage).

* Brazil are now unbeaten in 38 successive matches in Brazil, with their last defeat coming against Paraguay (1-0 in a friendly match) in August 2002.

* Oribe Peralta has scored nine goals in his last seven competitive appearances for Mexico, including the winner in the opening group stage game of this tournament.

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