28’: Feels Like a Goal Is within the Air
A bit extra urgency to the sport now. The likelihood is coming in bunches, and the end-to-end is selecting up. Do you sense a objective coming quickly?
26’: Coutinho Fires … High
A Brazil free kick results in some extra scrambling: a clumsy header, an Ochoa save, a Gabriel Jesus shot after he collects the rebound, and a kick save by Ayala — the middle again — to maintain it out. Coutinho lets everybody catch their breath by blasting THAT rebound excessive over the bar.
25’: Neymar Makes His Move
Ooooh Neymar. He simply crossed over Alvarez there like some extent guard within the open courtroom. (Alvarez, to his everlasting credit score, didn’t fall over.) But Ochoa is out to make himself simply sufficiently big to dam the shot. Super transfer, tremendous save.
23’: Mexico’s Counterattack
About these Mexico counterattacks: they’ll in all probability need to go sooner, extra urgently, once they can to attempt to catch Brazil, which gained’t prefer it anymore than Germany did. But the drained legs and three video games within the group could also be exhibiting a bit; the tempo simply isn’t there thus far.
21’: Mexico Keeps Running
Another breakout for Mexico — that is the place they are often at their most harmful — however the runs don’t have the identical tempo as those that tormented Germany within the opening sport. Still, the secondary buildup produces an opportunity — Herrera pulls a ball round a sliding Miranda simply in aspect the highest of the world, however pulling the set off takes a beat too lengthy, and his try is blocked.
18’: Herrera Blocked
Crazy attacking sequence by Mexico there: Vela dangerous header, Chicharito overhead kick from the sideline to Guardado within the heart, one-touch to Vela, cross to Herrera for a shot. Which is blocked. Feels like we deserved higher in any case that.
16’: Mexico’s Midfield Scrambling
In the “frantically scrambling back to help out at the first sign of danger” statistics, I’m giving Mexico’s midfield the early edge.
13’: Danger for Brazil
A bit extra hazard for Brazil there, as a cross proves troubling problematic. Mexico with a nook, however Brazil’s successful all of those aerial battles for now.
12’: New Look
Just to make clear: Salcedo is the blond Mexican in protection. Chicharito is the blond Mexican in assault.
11’: Mexico Aggressive
Danger for Brazil there, as they misplaced Chicharito down the left. But they scramble again and Miranda, dropping his footing within the space, pokes the ball off his ft simply lengthy sufficient for a teammate to clear.
9’: Threat From Vela
Great run by Carlos Vela up the left results in the world; he appeared shocked, virtually, that Fagner let him in so simply.
On the nook that follows, a header sails excessive into the air and Alisson and Chicharito battle for it. The large Brazilian keeper wins that combat each time.
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 heart again. He’ll be there all day, offering cowl and steerage as Brazil expenses in.
5’: Neymar Kicks a Knuckleball
A giveaway by Mexico offers Neymar an open have 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 possibility, 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 can be simple for Brazil to deal with.
Brazil vs. Mexico: The Crew
There’s an Italian within the center at present — Gianliuca Rocchi — and an all-Italian V.A.R. group again in Moscow.
Expect Mexico to Counterattack
Mexico Manager Juan Carlos Osorio, whereas praising Brazil, hinted his group would method at present’s sport a lot because it did its win over Germany: by acknowledging the opponent’s technical ability, 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 stated. “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 present sends a few indicators. The first, proven in his first appearances within the event and confirmed by at present’s begin, is that Mexico just isn’t letting something have an effect on its preparations or group choice for matches on the World Cup. But the extra vital sign is that this: Manager Juan Carlos Osorio has clearly determined that he wants a veteran presence within the heart of his protection in opposition to Brazil. And he trusts Marquez, who has seen all of it in a protracted membership and worldwide profession.
In some methods, the transfer is paying homage 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 best from Group E.
Mexico Goes Blond
The groups are out for warmups in Samara, giving everybody their first prolonged have 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 sort of like a dig at present.
“Brazil are a great team, they’re the best team in the world,” Mexico’s supervisor stated. “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 present.
Keep an Eye on Chicharito
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s may very well be taking part in in his ultimate World Cup sport for Mexico. Or he might 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 might 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 title after the group gained its first two video games. What occurs if El Tri goes out at present 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 group, and the weekend video games confirmed the heavy legs beginning to present up — particularly within the two video games that went to additional time.