The Mexican National Team is ready to take on Brazil this afternoon (3:00 PM – Univision/Univision Deportes/Unimás/ESPN – Online at WatchESPN and Univision’s Deportes en Vivo), and they’ll be playing with the same starting eleven that defeated Cameroon in their opening game.
“Fortunately, all the boys recovered fairly well from some knocks. There isn’t anything more (serious) than those momentary pains, but in terms of physical and mental strength, the team is at 100% and we’re going to repeat the starting lineup,” explained coach Miguel Herrera.
That lineup is: Guillermo Ochoa; Paul Aguilar, Rafael Márquez, Héctor Moreno, Francisco Rodríguez, Miguel Layún; Héctor Herrera, José Juan Vázquez, Andrés Guardado; Giovani dos Santos and Oribe Peralta.
That leaves Javier “Chicharito” Hernández on the bench for the second straight game, but after Dos Santos had two goals questionably ruled out before Peralta scored the game winner against Cameroon, it’s hard to make an argument for Chicharito to replace either one of them.
Herrera stated simply that they picked the 11 that are in the best form, noting that Chicharito did not get a lot of playing team with his club this past year.