Brazil Vs Mexico, Group A - Live Score

WEDNESDAY 18TH JUNE - 12:30AM (LOCAL) | ESTADIO CASTELãO, FORTALEZA

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Brazil: The Brazil national football team have taken part in every edition of the FIFA World Cup and are currently the record holders of the coveted trophy. Having lifted the trophy on five occasions, the Selecao are currently nursing a hangover. The hangover being the Maracanazo which translates to “the Maracana blow”, as Brazil lost the final to Uruguay the last time they hosted the FIFA World Cup in their back yard (at the Estadio de Maracana) in 1950. Anything lesser than the trophy this time will be deemed another national tragedy.

Mexico: Having failed to go beyond the Round of 16 in all of their past five attempts in the World Cup, Mexico are raging to impress. The fans are aching to support the El Tri for a longer while in the tournament and will be looking forward to even improving their record of only reaching the quarter-final.

Head-to-Head

Total Matches Played: 38

Brazil 22 Wins, Mexico 10 Wins, 6 Draws

MATCH LINE-UPS

Brazil

Julio Cesar; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva (capt), David Luiz, Marcelo; Paulinho, Luiz Gustavo; Ramires, Oscar, Neymar; Fred

Mexico

Guillermo Ochoa; Francisco Rodríguez, Rafael Marquez (capt), Hector Moreno; Paul Aguilar, Hector Herrera, Jose Vazquez, Andres Guardado, Miguel Layun; Giovani dos Santos, Oribe Peralta

Commentary

(177 Mins)

Thanks for joining us. Next up weve got the last two teams still yet to play: Russia vs South Korea.

(176 Mins)

Was this save the pick of the bunch?

(175 Mins)

A well deserved clean-sheet for this man.

(173 Mins)

Mexico defended well but when their backline was breached they were bailed out time and time again by their goalkeeper Ochoa who was surely tonights Man of the Match.

(171 Mins)

FULL TIME - Both sides will be going hope with a point, but one of them will be significantly more pleased than the other. A huge disappointment for Brazil in the performance as much as the result. They struggled to break down a stubborn defence and will have to improve considerably if they want to progress through the knock-out stages. Meanwhile any loser in Croatias game against Cameroon will be going home.

(168 Mins)

Mexico almost sneak a winner at the death! Jimenez lashes a volley at Cesar from the corner of the box which the goalkeeper parries. Hernandez is close to latching onto the rebound having gambled on the save but he cant quite get there. It goes without saying that a goal for either side here would be absolutely huge.

(166 Mins)

Is that a penalty for Brazil? Marcelo has the ball in the box and goes down under the challenge of the Mexican defender. It would have been a soft one, almost as soft as the spot-kick Fred was awarded against Croatia last week.

(165 Mins)

Fred completed just eight of his 16 attempted passes tonight and his replacement, Jo, hasnt fared much better. Brazil need to do something about their lone forward position if they are serious about winning this thing.

(162 Mins)

What a save! Silva comes so close to giving his side the lead with a header from point blank range but hes denied by a strong hand from Ochoa who has been superb this evening. Will Brazil get another chance like that?

(161 Mins)

Oscar just hasnt been able to influence the game in the same was as he did in Thursday. His performance today was much more reminiscent of his club performances for Chelsea towards the end of last season, drifting through games without having much impact at all.

(160 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Its Dos Santos who makes way for Jimenez as Mexico search for a winner. Meanwhile Oscar, who has been quiet tonight, is replaced by his Chelsea teammate Willian.

(160 Mins)

Silva is shown the booking.

(156 Mins)

YELLOW CARD - Some really poor defending from Brazil forces Thiago Silva into making a last ditch tackle on Hernandez. Marcelo was weak in the challenge and the ball almost comes to Hernandez but Silva takes down the man rather than running the risk of giving Hernandez time to turn. Dos Santos strikes the resulting free-kick straight into the Brazilian wall though. A real waste from a great position.

(156 Mins)

Cesar watches the ball whistle over his bar.

(154 Mins)

The Mexican centre-backs have been excellent tonight, Moreno in particular. The Espanyol man pulls off another vital tackle on Alves as Brazil threaten to put pressure on his sides goal.

(153 Mins)

Chance for Jo! The substitute is played in behind the Mexican defence but can only scuff his shot wide from the angle. That is not the finish of a confident, in-form striker.

(152 Mins)

Brazil flood bodies forward as they approach the Mexican goal but the final ball has been lacking all night and this attack is no different. Mexico then take the ball up the other end and Hernandez almost gets his shot away before Luiz comes across well to block.

(150 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Mexico are making their first change as Peralta is replaced by Javier Hernandez. The striker is in the middle of his worst ever international scoring drought and he has been a forgotten man at times for Manchester United this season. Time to remind the fans what he can do?

(149 Mins)

Fortunately for Brazil a draw here wouldnt be the worst results in the world in terms of their chances of qualifying for the last 16. A win against Cameroon in their final game will see them safely through but on todays showing you wouldnt bank on that result being a formality.

(148 Mins)

Cuneyt Cakir shows Vazquez the yellow card.

(147 Mins)

Brazil are starting to up the pace here. Maybe its simply a response to shedding the lethargic Fred from their ranks?

(146 Mins)

Another top save from Ochoa! Neymar gets his shot away from inside the area but is thwarted again by the Mexican stopper. Dani Alves picks up the loose ball and fires in a cross but it deflects behind for a corner.

(145 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - And here is J. He replaces Fred as the focal point of the Brazilian attack. Can anyone really see either of these two firing Brazil to glory this summer?

(144 Mins)

Oscar escapes the attentions of Aguilar.

(144 Mins)

Neymar bends his free-kick wide of the Mexican goal.

(143 Mins)

Jo is stripped and ready to enter the fray. Not quite the super-sub Brazil fans will be hoping for.

(141 Mins)

YELLOW CARD - After letting plenty worse go in the first half the referee has decided to switch to a more card-happy stance and he hands a relatively soft booking to Vazquez for a stretching tackle.

(140 Mins)

Neymar isnt too far away with a free-kick from distance but his effort was always curling away from the left hand post which Ochoa appeared to have covered. The fans are getting restless here and Brazil struggle to break down the stubborn Mexicans.

(138 Mins)

Inter Milans Hernanes is warming up for the Selecao. Brazil are lacking any sort of fluency in midfield and Scolari will be hoping Hernanes can begin to knit together some slick passing moves and create the chances his side needs to win this one.

(136 Mins)

Mexico appear to have adopted a shoot on sight policy here. This time its Herrera who sends the ball whistling narrowly over the bar. Miguel Herreras side are in control here and should perhaps be creating something better than the long-range efforts they seem to be settling for.

(134 Mins)

YELLOW CARD - Aguilar, who has racked up a fair few fouls tonight, is booked for a challenge on Neymar.

(133 Mins)

Another moment of danger for the Brazilians as Dos Santos cuts in from the right and fires a shot at Cesar. The ball deflects kindly for the goalkeeper though and he clings on gratefully.

(132 Mins)

Decent hit from Vazquez. The midfielder finds a yard of space a rifles a shot just over Julio Cesars crossbar. This is better from Mexico as they look to apply a period of sustained pressure.

(131 Mins)

The Mexicans cant make anything of the corner however and Brazil regain possession.

(130 Mins)

David Luiz commits himself high up the pitch for no apparent reason. Mexico take the chance to break but the danger is snuffed out by the Brazilian defence. The ball comes out to Guardardo and his shot from range deflects behind for a corner.

(129 Mins)

Can Brazils star man make an impact in the second-half?

(126 Mins)

A fantastic ball from Dani Alves at right-back releases Neymar and his cross is turned behind by the defender. The resulting corner comes out to Oscar but he appears caught in two minds and his ball is neither a cross nor a shot and ends up drifting behind.

(124 Mins)

Bernard is a much more attacking player than Ramires. The 21-year-old joined Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk last summer after being linked with a whole host of European heavyweights. His stock will only rise if he can impress here today.

(122 Mins)

Mexico get us underway then. They will be pretty content with how the first half panned out a 0-0 against the hosts will suit them down to the ground. If they can pinch a goal on the break, all the better.

(121 Mins)

SUBSTITUTION - Well thats timing for you. It has just been announced that Bernard will replace Ramires for the second 45 minutes.

(119 Mins)

So will Scolari chnge things up for the second-half? It wouldnt be a surprise to see the ineffectual Ramires removed - he has picked up a booking - but will Scolari be brave enough to turn to one of the creative talents on his bench?

(119 Mins)

Ramires protests his first-half booking.

(108 Mins)

Mexico havent created too many chances of their own but there has been enough from them to suggest that they could hurt Brazil in the second-half. The wing-backs have been up and down the flank constantly and as the game stretches they could well exploit the space left by the attacking runs of Marcelo and Dani Alves.

(106 Mins)

HALF-TIME - The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to a close. Its been frustrating for Brazil and their opponents have certainly made life difficult for the hosts. Whenever Brazil have managed to fashion a chance Guilermo Ochoa has been on hand to thwart the South Americans.

(105 Mins)

Yellow Card - Ramires is the first man in the book for a late tackle on Aguilar. Needless from the Brazilian.

(104 Mins)

Big chance for Brazil! Neymars long-range free-kick sneaks through to David Luiz and with the flag staying down he pokes the ball against Ochoa from point blank range. He didnt have much time to react but the centre-back should have done better there.

(101 Mins)

Thats not too far away from Vazquez. His first-time shot from outside the box bends just wide of Julio Cesars left hand post. Brazil still really yet to get going tonight. Will we see Hulk or Willian on to freshen things up at half-time?

(98 Mins)

Some neat footwork from Marcelo on the left eventually leads to Alves being given the ball in the Mexico box but he is robbed before he can turn and look up. The clearance falls to the man who started the move, Marcelo, but his shot is wide of the Mexican goal.

(97 Mins)

Mexico have won a free-kick on the left hand side but again Silva is there to head away. The ball comes out to Layun but his shot sails well over the bar.

(96 Mins)

Chelsea star Oscar was excellent against Croatia on Thursday. Can he conjure up a repeat performance tonight?

(95 Mins)

A couple of corners in quick succession for Brazil. The first is headed behind by Herrera before Fred manages to get up highest from the next only to see his effort drop straight into the arms of Ochoa.

(93 Mins)

Thiago Silva looks perfectly in control of the Mexican forwards so far. Every time Peralta or Dos Santos find any kind of space in front of the defence the PSG defender is there with a well-timed tackled or interception. Meanwhile his partner, Luiz, looks somewhat less composed. Whod have thought it?

(89 Mins)

Oscar is advancing towards the Mexican goal and he decides to have a crack from distance. The 22-year-old is unable to get enough power in his shot though and it rolls harmlessly along the floor and into Ochoas grateful arms.

(87 Mins)

Neymar helps Rafael Marquez to his feet.

(86 Mins)

Great save from Ochoa! The ball is floated into Neymar and his remarkable leap allows him to direct a powerful header towards goal which is clawed away by the Mexican goalkeeper. Brazil are getting closer.

(85 Mins)

Herrera fashions another sight of goal for the Mexicans and his long-range effort is just tipped over by Julio Cesar. The game is opening up now.

(83 Mins)

First sniff of a chance for Mexico. Peralta managed to find some space in the box but couldnt quite wriggle past Marcelo and Silva and is eventually dispossessed. The replay shows that Peralta could actually have gone down after Silva has a little nibble but he stays on his feet and empty handed.

(81 Mins)

Rafael Marquez is the man who has been tasked with launching Mexican attacks from his deep position but the former Barcelona veteran cant quite seem to find his range so far and the Brazilian pressure keeps coming.

(79 Mins)

Gustavo and Peralta challenge for the ball.

(78 Mins)

Mexico are struggling to get on the ball and string a few passes together here. Every time the ball goes long it just isnt sticking to their forwards and it has been too easy for Brazil to regain possession and launch another wave of attacks.

(75 Mins)

Ramires has began over on the right here almost as a like-for-like swap for Hulk. The Chelsea man will presumably provide more cover for the marauding Dani Alves down the flank while being able to tuck in and help out in the middle when needed. Brazil might just miss that attacking bite and eye for goal that Hulk possesses though.

(74 Mins)

For the first time Neymar manages to get some space in an attacking area and immediately the crowd sits up and takes notice. He pokes the ball through to Fred but his shot is blocked and Marcelo cant squeeze in a cross from the left. Goal-kick Mexico.

(72 Mins)

The tackles are flying in during the opening stages.

(71 Mins)

So close from Fred! Oscar, who appears to have taken up a starting position on the left, fires a ball in and although Fred gets there ahead of the defender he cant quite direct it on target and the shot ripples the side-netting. The linesman has his flag up now anyway so it wouldnt have counted but it was a decent opening for the hosts.

(69 Mins)

Quite why Luiz still enjoys such a heightened reputation as a free-kick taker is a mystery. A couple of memorable goals two seasons ago seem to have given him absolute control over all set-pieces within a 40 metre radius of the opposition goal for club and country despite the majority of his efforts going flying into row Z. Baffling.

(67 Mins)

Brazil have won a free-kick 40 metres from goal and inexplicably David Luiz is allowed to step up and strike for goal. Unsurprisingly his shot fails to trouble Ochoa in the Mexico goal.

(64 Mins)

Theres been plenty of feisty tackles flying in early here. Both sides are evidently prepared to get stuck into their opponents in an effort to disrupt each others rhythm.

(63 Mins)

Its an early corner for Mexico which they elect to take short, however the cross is blocked and Guardado ends up putting the ball out of play.

(63 Mins)

Neymar and Fred prepare for kick-off.

(62 Mins)

Mexico, in red and black, are enjoying a little bit of early possession here and eventualy they win a free-kick in the Brazil half.

(60 Mins)

There is a really special atmosphere here today as Brazil, in their traditional yellow and blue strip, get things going.

(58 Mins)

Mexican fans await kick-off.

(57 Mins)

The Brazilian anthem is being belted out with gusto by the players. David Luiz in particular looks like he is on a mission while Neymar has been moved to tears. If Brazil do drop points today it wont be for a lack of passion.

(56 Mins)

Brazils golden boy prepares to take on Mexico.

(53 Mins)

It will be interesting to see where Oscar features tonight. He was fantastic against Croatia on Thursday from a central position but the removal of Hulk from the starting line-up could see the Chelsea playmaker deployed on the right today. If Brazil are to station Oscar and Neymar on the wings they could be vulnerable on the flanks against Mexicos wing-backs.

(50 Mins)

Brazil will be heavy favourites here but Mexico can take plenty of heart from Croatias showing against the Selecao in the tournaments opening game where the European side were unlucky to go home empty handed after opening the scoring.

(48 Mins)

Both of these sides won their opening games and another three points here today will almost guarantee either side a place in the next round.

(47 Mins)

Mexico line up in a 5-3-2 formation and once again there is no space in the first 11 for Manchester Uniteds Javier Hernandez who has endured a nightmare year for club and country.

(45 Mins)

So the big news for Brazil is the omission of Hulk from the starting line-up. His replacement is Ramires who will probably slot into a deeper role alongside Paulinho and Gustavo in a midfield three.

(40 Mins)

Mexico - (5-3-2): Ochoa; Rodriguez, Marquez, Moreno, Layun, Aguilar; Guardado, Vasquez, Herrera; Dos Santos, Peralta.

(39 Mins)

Brazil - (4-3-3): Cesar; Alves, Silva, Luiz, Marcelo; Ramires, Gustavo, Paulinho; Oscar, Fred, Neymar.

(38 Mins)

Lets have some team news to start with, shall we?

(37 Mins)

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Brazils second game of this 2014 World Cup which will see them take on Mexico.

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