Date
17 December 2017
Mexican forward Oribe Peralta (left) warms up on the eve of their Group E match against Brazil. Photo: AFP
Mexican forward Oribe Peralta (left) warms up on the eve of their Group E match against Brazil. Photo: AFP

Brazil vs. Mexico: Plenty of scores to settle

Brazil and Mexico go into their highly anticipated World Cup Group E match Tuesday (Wednesday morning in Hong Kong), each with a score to settle.

Mexico have beaten Brazil in seven of their last 13 meetings but the Brazilians claimed the scalp of their arch-rivals in last year’s Confederations Cup.

The Mexicans shocked Brazil in the gold medal game at the 2012 London Olympics. Many of the players in that game will take to the pitch for Mexico.

Mexico are coming off a 1-0 victory over Cameroon, a score that shows none of the drubbing they inflicted on their west central African rivals. That would have been 3-0 if two Mexican goals had been allowed to stand by the referee.

On the other hand, Brazil are smarting from a listless start after beating Croatia, 3-1, in the opener in which they gave up an own goal and benefited from a questionable penalty call.

Off the pitch, a battle royale is in the works between the world’s biggest fan bases.

The fact it’s Brazil against Mexico, two of the world’s biggest football powers, is enough guarantee to send fireworks flying.

And on the whole, it’s going to be one great match. Only the small details are left to be decided.    

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