The second round of matches of the group stage kicks off with a Group A clash between Brazil and Mexico. Recent meeting between the two sides have been one sided encounters with Brazil winning easily but the Mexicans denied them an Olympics gold at the 2012 games in London. Both the sides have opened their account in the tournament with routine wins on match day one. Let’s look at the players who can change the complexion of the match with a moment of brilliance.
Neymar: It is no rocket science to understand that the whole campaign of the Brazilians revolves around this 22 year-old Barcelona Striker . He bagged a brace against the Croats and will look to rattle the net again. His speed and skills are almost unplayable against at times and the Mexicans are fully aware of the fact that he can turn provider too with the memories of the 2013 Confederations Cup match still fresh in their memories. But Neymar will have to curtail those odd moments of madness like his elbowing of Luka Modric that might not go unpunished this time.
Giovani Dos Santos: He played with the likes of Ronaldinho at a very young age for Barcelona and though he has struggled to spot a permanent place with a host of teams in Europe , he remains a good player for Mexico. He was the fans man of the match in the last game and will look to make up for the two wrongly disallowed goals against the host nation.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR BRAZIL
Oscar: The baby faced assassin was on the score sheet for Brazil in the last match and put up tremendous amount of pressure on the Croat defence. He forced the opponent players to commit mistakes which were evident in the build up to the first goal against Croatia.
Luiz Gustavo: He may not be as famous as his team mates but his performances in a Brazil shirt have been note worthy. His control of the game may very well decide its outcome.
Fred: The Brazil striker is an important weapon for Brazil and was instrumental in their win in the first match winning the controversial penalty. He will be looking for his first goal of the tournament against Mexico.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR MEXICO
Hector Herrera: He is the heart and soul of the midfield and coming from a modest background he has his feet firmly on the ground to help his side reach the knock out stage. He will play behind the strikers and look to spread the ball in midfield for Mexico.
Oribe Peralta: When it comes to playing against the Brazilians, Oribe Peralta puts in some extra shifts as is evident with his performance in the 2012 Olympics final when his strike helped Mexico claim the gold medal.
Guillermo Oschoa: After spending the 2006 and 2010 world cup on the bench, Oschoa played his first match at the finals against Cameroon. He will have to put up a brave performance to stop Neymar and co and help his side overcome Brazil.