FORTALEZA, Brazil (Sporting Alert) — Brazil will look to book an early semi-finals spot from Group A by beating Mexico in their second game of the FIFA Confederations Cup on Wednesday night at Estadio Castelao.
The hosts eased by Japan 3-0 in their opening game of the tournament and will seal a semi-finals place with a win over the Mexicans, who were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their Group A opener.
When these two sides met at the Olympics, the El Tri upset the favorites 2-1, but Brazil captain Thiago Silva says this will not be a grudged game.
“It is obvious the Olympics match against Mexico was a very sad moment for us and the entire country, but revenge is not on my mind,” the defender said.
Neymar and Paulinho, who were both on target against Japan in the first game, start again tonight, with Hulk, Oscar and Fred amongst the starting XI again as well.
Silva, David Luiz and Dani Alves are a part of the back line, while Luis Gustavo is amongst the midfielders in the side again.
Meanwhile, for Mexico, Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez, who netted from the penalty spot against Italy is no doubt the main man in the CONCACAF side.
However, the likes of Giovani Dos Santos, Andrés Guardado and Gerardo Torrado have to step up in support with either better supplies of start contributing goals.
Brazil v Mexico
Brazil: Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Luiz, Marcelo, Gustavo, Paulinho, Hulk, Oscar, Neymar, Fred
Subs: Jefferson, Fernando, Lucas Moura, Hernanes, Dante, Filipe Luis, Jean, Rever, Bernard, Jo, Jadson, Cavalieri
Mexico: Corona, Rodriguez, Salcido, Moreno, Torres, Mier, Flores, Torrado, Guardado, Giovani, Hernandez
Subs: Ochoa, Reyes, Molina, Barrera, Reyna, De Nigris, Aquino, Meza, Herrera, Zavala, Jimenez, Talavera
Referee: Howard Webb (England)