Brazil face ‘attacking’ Mexico in Round of 16

02 July, 2018, 17:45 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Brazil will face Mexico in the next round of 16 clash at the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, and will hope they can avoid an embarrassing exit similar to Spain or Germany's - here is how the two teams line up!

Brazil's World Cup campaign thus far has seen them improving in each match they have played so far.

Mexico face Brazil in the World Cup Round of 16 with hope of reproducing their stunning 1-0 upset victory over Germany in their opening game of the tournament.

Brazilian and Mexican fans hold a fake World Cup trophy prior to their match.

Brazil (4-2-3-1): Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Joao Miranda (capt), Filipe Luis; Paulinho, Casemiro; Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar; Gabriel Jesus.

Mexico were the story of the tournament after two games, beating defending champions Germany 1-0 on the first day and getting past South Korea 2-1 the next match. Hugo Ayala also comes into the Mexico starting XI with center-back Hector Moreno suspended after picking up a pair of yellow cards in during the group stage of the tournament.

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Brazil will line up as expected after the news that Marcelo would not start because of a spine injury, with Felipe Luis taking his place on the left.

The last time these two met in a match, it was Brazil who registered a 2-0 victory over Mexico.

Guardado feels optimistic of reaching the quarter-finals, despite Mexico having failed to beat Brazil in any of their four previous encounters at the World Cup.

Mexico have won seven of their last 15 matches against Brazil stretching back to 1999, losing just five times.

Their defeat to the Netherlands in the last 16 in 2014 was the sixth successive time El Tricolor have been knocked out in the second round.

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