Brazil vs Mexico, FIFA World Cup 2018: Mexico and Brazil kicked off the round of 16 with high-intensity at the Samara Stadium. El Tri dominated the first quarter of the knockout match. Brazil who took the pitch as the favourites struggled in keeping up with Mexico in terms of possession and speed. Neymar their star player struggled in the first 20 minutes of the match. The Canarinho played the same team but rested injured Marcelo. The Real Madrid left-back was replaced by Atletico Madrid’s Felipe Luis. It is the first match of the tournament for Luis.
It has turned out to be a nerve-wracking World Cup in Russia. Defending champions Germany make a shocking group stage exit, 2010 champions Spain lose to the host country in the round of 16 and the two world’s best players Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fail to bring the holy grail back home for their respective countries.
Mexico has advanced beyond the group stage of the tournament for the seventh consecutive time which is the same number of times as that of the Canarinha. The important caveat, however, is that Mexico has won zero of the six games after qualifying.