Casemiro plays down Brazil favourites tag


It is noted that after the world Cup in Brazil, the Koreans were greeted with a candy that is considered an offensive gesture.

Nine members of the 2014 squad went to Russian Federation and the majority of them were first choice for at least two of Germany's matches.

Mexico had just about the opposite group stage that Brazil did. If not for Germany's shocking display against South Korea, Mexico would not be in this position.

Mexico captain Andres Guardado says the team has been handed "the ideal scenario" in the face of a hard World Cup round of 16 match against Brazil.

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Former captain Lothar Matthaus, who lifted the World Cup with West Germany in 1990, wrote on Twitter: 'This is a very sad afternoon'.

Ecstatic Mexican football fans besieged the South Korean embassy in Mexico City and celebrated with diplomats after the Taeguk Warriors' stunning victory over Germany put El Tri into the World Cup last 16. He said: "I had the feeling that there was perhaps a certain arrogance before the Mexico game (within the camp) - like we would be able to react at the touch of a button when it all starts". Their lackluster performance throughout the group stage was the reason behind it.

While this overloaded side of the bracket may seem a bit unfair to contenders looking to take home the World Cup, it will undoubtedly make for some fantastic football.

South Korea also had nothing to play for, given it lost its first two games of pool play and had no chance of advancing to the knockout stage. They have shown nothing to suggest that they didn't warrant their tag as tournament favourites, with only a slight stumble against Switzerland spoiling their record so far.

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The introduction of Filipe Luis at left back in place of the injured Marcelo hasn't weakened Brazil, and if anything it's solidified their defence.

Kim Young-gwon scored the first goal in the third minute of injury time. He was named the Man of the Match after keeping the defending champions off the board.

This game, then, won't be about what can be learnt from Brazil, it will be about what Mexico have to teach.

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