Brazil v Mexico, 19 June 2013

Score2-0 to Brazil
RefereeHoward Webb
CompetitionFIFA Confederations Cup Group A
VenueEstadio Castelao, Fortaleza
Attendance50,791
Kick-off: 4.00pm local (8.00pm BST) Match Report Brazil started positively as they were roared on by the crowd. Neymar looked dangerous from the offset. After a penetrative run for the Brazilian forward, Oscar had the ball in the net only for it to be given as offside. It was not long however until the first goal. Neymar volleyed home for the second match in a row after Rodriguez had partially cleared for Mexico. Alves went close to increasing Brazil lead when his clever chip was tipped over by Corona. Neymar then linked up well with Fred but powered over. Mexico came back into the game shortly after. Dos Santos was causing problems with his dribbling from deep. The Mexicans went close with a low shot after Marcelo had failed to clear. Despite a series of free kicks given away by Brazil, Mexico were unable to capitalise. Brazil improved after the break. They had the ball in the net from a free kick only for it to be chalked off again. Hulk then wasted an opportunity from inside the box and Neymar went close. Mexico were struggling to have an impact on the game and were being restricted to long range attempts. David Luiz was still struggling to shake off a knock sustained in the first half when he had collided with a team mate. In Terry Butcher style he was continuing after a temporary medical intervention. As Brazil began to sit back in the last 10 Mexico started to create. A couple of dangerous crosses from substitute Barrera worried Brazil defenders. Brazil sealed the victory in stoppage time. Neymar this time was the creator. He ghosted past two Mexicans before setting up Jo for an easy finish. A far from convincing performance from Brazil but a win nevertheless. The likes of Spain and Italy will not be too worried so far at the prospect of taking on the hosts. Mexico looked decent at times but ultimately were not quite good enough to penetrate. Preview Hosts Brazil will be looking to all but seal their place in the semi finals with a victory against Mexico. Mexico will need a result to keep their hopes alive. After claiming that he has found his best eleven, Scolari will stick with the team who beat Japan on the opening day. Despite picking up a knock Neymar will be fit to play and will be keen to add to his goal tally. Mexico will be need to improve if they are to pick up something against Brazil. Defender Carlos Salcido blasted his team's performance. The Mexican's will be aiming above all to improve their ball retention in this one.

2  Brazil

Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari

0  Mexico

Manager: Jose Manuel de la Torre

Goals:

Neymar 9 G
Jo 90 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Júlio César
Defender Dani Alves
Defender Luiz Gustavo
Defender Thiago Silva (captain)
Defender/Midfielder David Luiz
Defender/Midfielder Marcelo
Midfielder Oscar
Midfielder Paulinho
Forward Fred
Forward Hulk
Forward Neymar

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper José Corona
Defender Gerardo Flores
Defender Hiram Mier
Defender Héctor Moreno
Defender Francisco Rodríguez (captain)
Defender Carlos Salcido
Defender Jorge Torres
Midfielder Andrés Guardado
Midfielder Gerardo Torrado
Midfielder/Forward Giovani dos Santos

Substitutions:

Hernanes for Oscar 62
Lucas Moura for Hulk 78
Jo for Fred 82

Substitutions:

Héctor Herrera for Gerardo Flores 58
Pablo Barrera for Jorge Torres 70
Raúl Jiménez for Gerardo Torrado 88

Cards:

Thiago Silva 44 Y
Dani Alves 76 Y

Cards:

Andrés Guardado 21 Y
Héctor Herrera 89 Y
Francisco Rodríguez 90 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri
Goalkeeper Jefferson
Defender Dante
Defender Filipe Luís
Defender Rever
Midfielder Bernard
Midfielder Fernando
Midfielder Hernanes
Midfielder Jadson
Midfielder Jean
Midfielder/Forward Lucas Moura
Forward Jo

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa
Goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera
Defender Severo Meza
Defender Diego Reyes
Midfielder Javier Aquino
Midfielder Héctor Herrera
Midfielder Jesús Molina
Midfielder Angel Reyna
Midfielder Jesus Zavala
Forward Pablo Barrera
Forward Aldo de Nigris
Forward Raúl Jiménez