2014 WORLD CUP SOCCER
Kickoff: Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. EDT
Estadio Castelao – Fortaleza, Brazil
Brazil -384, Mexico +800, Tie +500
Over/Under: 3 Goals (Over -105, Under -115)
The fans of Brazil will cheer on their team Tuesday when their men go up against Mexico in the second game each of these teams will play in Group A. While Brazil is heavily favored, it will not be easy to defeat a Mexico team that has made it to the knockout rounds in five straight World Cups.
Brazil’s opening game in the 2014 World Cup got off to a rather nerve-wracking start for the team playing in front of its home crowd. Brazil had a rather effortless warm-up before the game and they came out very slow against Croatia. The away team was on the attack early and was able to score on an own goal early on to take a 1-0 lead.
But after Brazil fell behind early, the club eventually took complete control of the game thanks to the brilliant play of Neymar and some questionable calls by the referees. Neymar evened up the score just 29 minutes into the game after a strike that went in after hitting the post. He was all over the field in the game and certainly lived up to the pre-tournament hype. After the goal, Brazil was smooth sailing and would win 3-1 after yet another goal by Neymar off a controversial penalty call, and the final goal by Oscar in extra time.
Mexico was also able to open up Group A play with a victory over Cameroon. While Mexico was favored, the team barely escaped with a 1-0 victory. But getting the three points was all that mattered, and Mexico can now make a major splash by defeating or even tying Brazil in front of its home crowd.
This was yet another game that featured some controversial calls by the officials. Mexico put the ball in the back of the net twice, but was disallowed for offsides on both. Finally, Oribe Peralta was able to get himself to a loose ball off a rebound to put the game-winner home 61 minutes into the match. Mexico dominated play as it had the ball for 58% of the game. Playing against Brazil, however, will be a much bigger challenge.