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Don’t miss: eighth-finals Brazil – Mexico

Monday 2 June at 16h

Neymar vs Chicharito © AFP

Why? The titelfavoriet (especially now with Germany, Argentina and Spain, all three other candidates to the house) against one of the revelations at this world cup. The Mexicans showed themselves masters of conversion with Andrés Guardado as a metronome in midfield, Hirving ‘Chucky” Lozano as a deadly bolt of lightning and the experienced Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez as conductor in the voorlinie.

The troops of coach Juan Carlos Osorio started strong in their tournament, with a stuntzege against Germany and then victory against South Korea, but left it in the last poulematch full shoot against Sweden (3-0 loss). Is the trust affected, or are revanchegevoelens fueled? For the Central American country is, anyway, a historic two-day, first with the presidential elections on Sunday and then a possible qualification against the five-time world champion. Then they will have their curse of the fourth match should be lifting. The Mexicans went there on the last six world CHAMPIONSHIPS every time out in the second round.

The Brazilians tankten after a moderate start in Russia the necessary confidence in the last poulematch against Serbia (2-0): the defense with Miranda and Thiago Silva , and before that Casemiro as a buffer state-a house, moreover, it seems Neymar Jr gradually to his best form to grow. Only on the flanks has coach Tite what: Danilo fell in the first match with an injury and against Serbia had Marcelo, one of the leaders in the dressing room, quickly move to the side with a back problem. Filipe Luis replaced him faultless, but with Marcelo would Brazil still an offensive asset and seasoning losses if he does not timely fit hit for this quarter-final.

Player to look out for? Here We would the star players Neymar or Lozano could call it, but more interesting for us Belgians it is also Casemiro and Coutinho in the eye. And then, above all, their fair play. Both performers have, like Neymar, incidentally, already have one yellow card on their account. Pack them against the Mexicans still have a carton then they are suspended for a possible quarter-final against our Red Devils. A world of difference. Along the Mexican side there is no yellow peril for the toppers in the selection. Look forward also to the performance of Guillermo Ochoa, the Standardspeler in this tournament already emerged as one of the best goalkeepers. At the world cup in Brazil four years ago, it belonged to the charismatic curly also been to the shiners.

History? The two voetbalgrootmachten were already 41 times compared to each other. Thereof won Brazil more than half (23 victories), Mexico was only ten times at the party. A world cup saw both nations to each other all of four times, each time won by the Divine Canaries. More even: the Mexicans were on a world cup has never scored against Brazil. On the other hand, is Mexico the last few years to a nice balance against the Brazilians: of the last nine matches, they won six.

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