Oscar: We can beat Mexico
Team news and pre-match comments ahead of the World Cup Group A clash between Brazil and Mexico.
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Brazil playmaker Oscar will be hopeful of using recent experiences of facing Mexico to plot their downfall in their Group A meeting in Fortaleza on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old Chelsea star knows plenty about the upcoming opponents having lined up against Mexico twice in the last two years, suffering heartbreak in an Olympic final defeat and retribution as a Neymar-inspired Brazil won 2-0 in a Confederations Cup group game 12 months ago.
The two sides go into their second group game having won their opening matches as hosts Brazil, once again led by two-goal hero Neymar, beat Croatia in the curtain-raiser and Mexico overcame Cameroon.
Now Oscar, who drew many plaudits for display on Thursday night, will use the contrasting recent memories as he looks to help guide Brazil closer to a place in the knockout stages.
"Of course I was very sad (after the Olympic defeat)," he said.
"It is a medal that Brazil have never won and we lost the final. Mexico are a very good team. It will certainly be as difficult as last year. In the World Cup there is an extra desire to win and I hope we can do so again this time.
"Mexico are a very different side to Croatia. They play the ball out from the back well and are very good on the counter-attack."
One player who struggled to make an impact in the opening game was Zenit forward Hulk, who revealed on Sunday he has been fighting a niggling injury.
"I have felt a pain in my left hamstring," he said.
"It has been there for a few days but it did not stop me from playing in the first game and God willing it will not stop me from playing in the next match."
Mexico dominated Cameroon in their meeting, despite only managing to record a narrow 1-0 win, with the goal coming from in-form striker Oribe Peralta.
Experienced captain Rafael Marquez knows that keeping Barcelona's Neymar quiet is a challenge, but one Mexico must achieve if they are to upset the odds and move to the head of the group with one game remaining.
"We have to cover, have two against one, be fast and reduce the spaces on the pitch and not let him (Neymar) play," he told Brazilian news station Globo.
"It was a good win (against Cameroon) and it was very important.
"Against Brazil, it will surely be a very difficult game. We know the talent of Neymar, Oscar, Hulk but we will train in ways to handle them.
"We have to make the most of this opportunity - it is a showcase for all of us. For many of them it is an opportunity to go up one more level.