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World Cup: Brazil vs Mexico – Where to Watch

They needed some last-day help from South Korea, but in the end Mexico was able to advance out of their group for the seventh consecutive time. El Tri now faces a tough task as they look to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 1986 when they take on Brazil.

Brazil topped Group E with two wins and a draw, against Costa Rica, Serbia, and Switzerland, respectively, while Mexico finished second in Group F after wins against Germany and South Korea and a loss to Sweden.

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Brazil vs Mexico: Recap and Highlights

el triTwo first-half goals kept Brazil perfect this year as they defeated Mexico 2-0 in El Tri’s final pre-Copa América warm-up match. Brazil has one more friendly before that competition gets underway, with a clash against Honduras scheduled for June 10th.

Mexico started the game brightly, enough so that the home fans began to boo, but they had trouble getting past the defensive partnership of David Luis and Miranda.

A moment of brilliance from Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring in the 28th minute, with the Liverpool playmaker netting his first goal for his country. Coutinho received the ball from Filipe Luis, got past defender Hugo Ayala, and beat Jesús Corona at the near post to make it 1-0.

It didn’t take long for Brazil to add to their advantage, with Diego Tardelli making it 2-0 in the 36th. Elias played in Tardelli on the left, and all he had to do was tap the ball home from six yards out. Ayala was somewhat to blame for that goal as well, and he was one of Mexico’s three halftime substitutions.

The substitutions didn’t do much for El Tri, however, and they continued to struggle in the final third. Despite having more of the ball – Brazil sat back a bit in the second half, content to protect their lead – they failed to do anything threatening with it.

Mexico was always the underdog in this game, but they will nevertheless be somewhat disheartened by the loss. Improvements will need to be made if they want to make waves in the Copa América.

That competition starts in just a few days, and Mexico is in Group A along with the hosts Chile, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Their first match is June 12th against Bolivia.



Brazil: Jefferson de Oliveira, Danilo Luiz (Fábio Henrique 16′), Joao Miranda de Souza, David Luis, Filipe, Fernandinho, Elias Mendes (Carlos Henrique Casemiro 78′), Philippe Coutinho (Everton Robeiro 70′), William (Douglas Costa 74′), Diego Tardelli (Roberto Firmino 59′), Fred (Felipe Anderson 83′).

Mexico: José de Jesús Corona, Hugo Ayala (Gerardo Flores 46′), Julio César Domínguez, Rafael Márquez, George Corral (Carlos Salcedo 46′), Mario Osuna (Marco Fabián 46′), Adrián Aldrete, Javier Güemez (Juan Carlos Medina 66′), Jesús Manuel Corona (Luis Montes 76′), Raúl Jiménez (Vicente Matías Vuoso 64′), Eduardo Herrera. 

Mexico’s Starting Lineup vs Brazil

el triMiguel “Piojo” Herrera has released the starting eleven that will face Brazil in an international friendly on Saturday afternoon, and the lineup features a number of changes from the team that drew Peru 1-1 on Wednesday.

José de Jesús Corona is back in goal in place of Alfredo Talavera, with George Corral, Hugo Ayala, Rafael Márquez, Julio César Domínguez, and Adrián Aldrete in front of him in a five-man backline. The midfield trio will consist of Mario Osuna, Javier Güemez, and José Manuel “Tecatito” Corona, with Eduardo Herrera and Raúl Jiménez forming the strike partnership up top.

Despite being a stronger team than the one that struggled against Peru, it remains to be seen if this lineup can get a result against a much better opponent in Brazil. This is Mexico’s final warm-up match before the Copa América.

International Friendly
Sunday, June 7
Brazil vs Mexico – 4:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes / Online

Brazil vs Mexico: Where to Watch

el triAfter a comfortable win against Guatemala and a poor performance in a 1-1 draw with Peru, Mexico now faces their toughest test in their final pre-Copa América warm-up: Brazil.

Brazil is unbeaten in their last eight games and will have the added advantage of playing at home. However, the Seleção hasn’t taken the field since March, when they had a pair of friendlies against France and Chile.

El Tri is likely to put out a lineup closer to the one that beat Guatemala than the one that struggled against Peru, but they will still need to work hard to get a result against Brazil.

International Friendly
Sunday, June 7
Brazil vs Mexico – 4:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes / Online

Marco Rodríguez to Referee Brazil/Germany Semifinal

Marco-RodriguezMexican referee Marco Rodríguez, also known as “Chiquimarco”, has been assigned to the Brazil/Germany semifinal on Tuesday. This will be Rodríguez’s third game of the World Cup after he took charge of two group stage games, one between Belgium and Algeria and the other a rather more controversial game between Italy and Uruguay.

Rodríguez will be accompanied by assistants Marvin Torrentera and Marcos Quintero, both from Mexico, while the fourth official will be the USA’s Mark Geiger. This is the same all-CONCACAF team that refereed Italy/Uruguay (Rodríguez had a different fourth official in the Belgium/Algeria game).

After the refereeing controversies involving both the Brazilian national team and Rodríguez himself, and particularly given the magnitude of this match, all eyes will be on the man in the middle.

Where to watch: Brazil vs Germany – Tuesday, July 8 – 4:00 PM – Univision/Univision Deportes/ESPN.

Guillermo Ochoa Makes History

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Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa was outstanding in Mexico’s 0-0 draw with Brazil yesterday, making six saves – at least three of which were truly outstanding – to prevent the hosts from getting on the board. His six saves were the most for a Mexican goalkeeper in the World Cup since 1966, and he also set a record: Memo is the first goalkeeper to shut out Brazil in Brazil in a World Cup.

Brazil hosted the World Cup in 1950, of course, making it all the way to the final where they suffered a shocking loss to Uruguay in the Marcanã. But in those six games, Brazil scored at least one goal (and sometimes as many as seven). And in their opening game in this World Cup, they beat Croatia 3-1.

7 games, 25 goals.

And then came game 8 against Mexico. Against Ochoa.

And there was not a goal to be found.

Mexico vs Brazil: Recap and Highlights

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Brazil and Mexico played out just the second tie of the group stage to date, an entertaining 0-0 game that was a far cry from the tournament’s other scoreless draw, a dull match between Iran and Nigeria.

There was no shortage of chances in this game, with the two teams combining for 28 shots (12 on goal). The majority of chances were Brazil’s, and Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa absolutely shone for Mexico as he made a number of stunning saves to preserve the shutout. The home team was unable to get past Ochoa, who turned in a Man of the Match performance and justified Miguel Herrera’s decision to give him the starting role over pre-World Cup favorite José de Jesús Corona.

Brazil had the edge in possession and were dominant for much of the game, but Mexico turned on the pressure in the second half and had a good fifteen or twenty-minute spell. Mexico is an attacking team and although they were unable to find the breakthrough, that spell not only gave their defense a respite but also showed Brazil that they needed to be wary of Mexico’s attacking threat.

The draw is a good result for El Tri, but it will disappoint Brazil and their fans, who were likely anticipating a perfect group stage record. Both teams are looking good to advance, although Cameroon and Croatia, who don’t play their second game until tomorrow, could still make things interesting.

Thankfully for all involved, there was not much refereeing controversy in this one. Cuneyt Cakir and his crew did not award any phantom penalties or questionably disallow any goals. Marcelo will argue that he should have won a penalty late on, but contact was minimal and the Brazilian went down looking for a call that never came. Cakir was neither too strict nor too lenient and turned in an overall solid performance.

With Cameroon and Croatia not playing until Wednesday, the Group A table currently looks like this: Update: Croatia beat Cameroon 4-0. Table updated to current standings:

Team Games W D L GF GA GD Points
Brazil 2 1 1 0 3 1 2 4
Mexico 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 4
Croatia 2 1 0 1 5 3 2 3
Cameroon 2 0 0 2 0 5 -5 0

In their final group stage game, Mexico will take on Croatia on Monday, June 23rd at 4:00 PM, while Brazil and Cameroon will face off in a simultaneous game. The top two teams in the group will advance to the Round of Sixteen.





Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Paul Aguilar, Rafael Márquez, Héctor Moreno, Francisco Rodríguez, Miguel Layún, Héctor Herrera (Marco Fabián 76′), José Juan Vázquez, Andrés Guardado, Giovani dos Santos (Raul Jiménez 84′), Oribe Peralta (Javier Hernández 74′).

Brazil: Julio César, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo, Paulinho, Neymar, Oscar (William 84′), Ramires (Bernard 46′), Luiz Gustavo, Fred (Jô 68′). 

Mexico to Repeat Lineup Against Brazil

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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.

Mexico vs Brazil: Preview and Where to Watch

world cupAfter the refereeing controversies in both Brazil and Mexico’s opening game, FIFA released the names of the refereeing crew for this one later than for Tuesday’s other two games. But the appointments have been made public now, and it will be Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir overseeing this one, with help from assistants Buhattin Duran and Turik Ongun, also of Turkey. The fourth official is Norway’s Svein Oddvar.

Brazil and Mexico each picked up three points in their first games, with Brazil currently topping the table due to goal difference (+2 to Mexico’s +1). That tiebreaker highlights the importance of assistant referees getting the offside calls right; if Giovani dos Santos’s two goals against Cameroon had stood, El Tri would currently be in first place. Mexico will hope that the goal difference and goals scored tiebreakers will not come back to haunt them when it comes to advancing out of the group.

Meanwhile, Brazil looked decidedly unimpressive in their 3-1 win against Croatia, where the hosts were given a very questionable penalty kick and Croatia had a goal disallowed for a soft foul on goalkeeper Julio Cesar. As the host nation, Brazil did not have to go through qualifying and instead have been playing only friendlies. With no matches of any real importance until last Thursday’s opener against Croatia, perhaps Brazil could be forgiven for looking a little off the pace. They’ll need to show more against Mexico if they want to make it two wins in a row.

As for El Tri, they defeated Brazil in the 2012 London Olympics to take the gold medal, and they would love to upset the Brazilians again when they face off in the Estadio Castelão on Tuesday. Mexico is a strong attacking team with plenty of firepower in Oribe Peralta, Giovani dos Santos, Marco Fabián and Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, but their defense, particularly on set pieces, has always been their Achilles’ heel. With the likes of Neymar on the field, Mexico’s defense will need to show improvement, and also avoid giving away unnecessary fouls and free kicks.

Where to Watch: Tuesday, June 17th – 3:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes / Unimás / ESPN. Online at WatchESPN and Univision’s Deportes en Vivo.

Mexico in the World Cup: Where to Watch

world cupThe 2014 World Cup in Brazil kicks off at 4 PM on Thursday, June 12th, with the hosts taking on Croatia. The other two Group A teams, Mexico and Cameroon, face off the following day.

The Univision family of networks will have all three of Mexico’s group stage games on multiple channels, while English-language coverage is also available on the ESPN family of networks. The schedule is below; all times are Eastern.

Friday, June 13
Mexico vs Cameroon – 12:00 noon – Univision / Univision Deportes/ Unimás / ESPN2

Tuesday, June 17
Brazil vs Mexico – 3:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes / Unimás / ESPN

Monday, June 23
Croatia vs Mexico – 4:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes / ESPN2

In the Round of Sixteen, the winner of Group A will take on the Group B runner-up on Saturday, June 28th at noon, while the Group A runner-up will take on the Group B winner on Sunday, June 29th at noon.