Brazil-Mexico World Cup 1/8 Finals

Mexico slumped to a 3-0 defeat against Sweden in its final World Cup group game and now it faces an uphill struggle in the next round. It must lock horns with Brazil, the +350 favorite with Bet365 to win the tournament. Had Juan Carlos Osorio’s men held on for a point in the Sweden game, it would have set up an easier last 16 tie against Switzerland. But now El Tri must try to contain Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and co and it is the heavy underdog.

Optimism abounded among Mexican fans

Optimism abounded among Mexican fans after the team beat defending champion Germany in its first game. It played with fearlessness, vitality and energy and surprised the world. Mexico followed that up with a solid win against South Korea, and it was the favorite to clinch the group. But it suffered a meltdown in Ekaterinburg, losing heavily to the Swedes. That should have resulted in elimination, but South Korea pulled off an unlikely win against Germany and Mexico scraped through.

Yet the upshot is that El Tri now stands on the brink of suffering a seventh consecutive World Cup elimination at the round of 16. Brazil is the -205 favorite to win the game, while Mexico is out at +625 in the Brazil v Mexico World Cup 2018 odds. That makes grim reading for fans, but they can draw courage from Mexico’s performance against Germany.

The attacking triumvirate of Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lazano and Carlos Vela ripped through its vaunted opponents. Hector Herrera was an absolute beast in midfield. If Mexico can rediscover that level of intensity it could yet thrive against Brazil’s collection of superstars. The odds are against it, but that was true in the Germany game and Osorio’s men made a mockery of bookmaker predictions. They now have a date with destiny and they can do their country proud on Monday if they provide another famous upset.

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