Brazil take on Mexico in their second Group A match of the FIFA World Cup 2014, knowing full well the importance of improving their performance from the 3-1 victory over Croatia on Thursday.
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The Group A game featuring the hosts is scheduled for a 4 pm local time (12.30 am IST, 8 pm BST, 3 pm ET) start with live coverage on Sony Six HD and Sony Six in India. The match can also be watched via live streaming online in India HERE. Catch the action in the UK on ITV and BBC with the live streaming option HERE or HERE. Viewers in Brazil can watch the match HERE, while Mexico viewers can do so HERE. US viewers can watch the game on ESPN while the option to live stream is HERE. Australia viewers can go HERE to watch the game live online, while South Africa viewers can watch the match HERE.
The World Cup hosts were far from convincing against the plucky Croatians, needing a fortuitous penalty to take them past their opponents.
If Brazil continue to play in a similar manner against Mexico, confidence running through their veins after an impressive win over Cameroon, then they could be in for a shock upset.
"We have the people together with us and we have a team in good condition, each day in better condition," Brazil coach Luis Felipe Scolari said ahead of the match against Mexico at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza.
"But I will tell you, Brazilians don't expect the team to go in and become the boss of the party without the other participants also having a good performance because we know Mexico have a good team."
There is a long-standing rivalry between the two teams, which will only add a little more bite into the game come Tuesday. Both Brazil and Mexico will know the importance of three points, as a victory will virtually seal their place in the next round, the first target for any team at the World Cup.
"Every time we play against Mexico we have difficulties," Scolari, whose side beat Mexico at the Confederations Cup last year, said. "That's why it is a game they (the players) know will be very even, they need to have very good conditioning from the beginning until the end.
"The two teams play football of very good quality, with the ball on the ground, lots of moving around," he added. That's why we will insist on all the necessary training, on the necessary respect towards Mexico. But we know a victory will put us in a highly comfortable position for the next round, so we'll play with that in mind."
For Mexico, this game is a bit of a nothing-to-lose encounter. Miguel Herrera's team are not expected to roll over the hosts, and that will help them to go into the game without too much fear and with the intention of taking the game to Brazil.
Croatia, when they did pour forward, did expose a few chinks in Brazil's armour, while Mexico will know if they can keep Neymar's brilliance under wraps they stand a good chance of not just picking up a draw, but three points as well.
"We need to work now that we are at the top with three points," Mexico coach Miguel Herrera said after his team's 1-0 win over Cameroon. "We will go out to win the next game, we are more excited than ever. We will concentrate on what we have to do."
In their respective first games, refereeing decisions went in Brazil's favour, while Mexico were at the receiving end of two poor ones, with Giovani Dos Santos denied two perfectly legal goals.
Mexico did recover from that setback with Oribe Peralta, who cannot stop scoring for his country at the moment, striking the winner in the second half, but Herrera will hope refereeing decisions don't end up being the talking point after the game, like it was after Brazil's win over Croatia.
Key men: Brazil: Neymar announced himself at the World Cup with two goals against Croatia, and he will be the man to stop for Mexico. Also Oscar had a brilliant game for Brazil, and the Chelsea playmaker will look to continue his good form.
Mexico: Dos Santos was outstanding against Cameroon, as was Hector Herrera and the duo will be crucial to Mexico's success.
Team news: Brazil: Striker Hulk is a major doubt with a thigh injury. If the Zenit St. Petersburg man cannot make it in time for the Mexico clash, then Scolari might turn to one of Bernard, Willian or Ramires to take Hulk's place on the right.
Mexico: Herrera is unlikely to make any changes to his side, barring any last-minute injuries, meaning another game on the bench for Javier Hernandez.
Expected lineups: Brazil: Cesar; Alves, Silva, Luiz, Marcelo; Gustavo, Paulinho; Willian, Oscar, Neymar; Fred.
Mexico: Ochoa; Aguilar, Rodriguez, Marquez, Moreno, Layun; Herrera, Vasquez, Guardado; Dos Santos, Peralta.
Prediction: 2-1 to Brazil