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World Cup Day Six: Brazil v. Mexico

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Brazil play their second match of the World Cup today against Mexico in a potentially decisive game of refball between Group A's leaders.

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Brazil v. Mexico
Tuesday, June 17th | 5PM BST/12PM EST
Television Listings | Full Schedule



Group A

Brazil failed to impress in their first match against Croatia, relying on one of the worst refereeing displays in World Cup history to gain all three points. It confirmed that, despite the hype surrounding them, this is an exceptionally average Brazil side. It also confirmed that, as World Cup hosts, it probably won't matter. And now, having gotten all three points from their match against a tough Croatian side many considered the group's second best, things only get easier for Brazil, who could conceivably now cruise to an undefeated group stage record before facing off with Group B's second place side in the Round of 16.

If Brazil failed to impress in their opener, Mexico exceeded expectations, albeit against a terrible Cameroon side. Though the final scoreline only read 1-0, Mexico wrongly had multiple goals disallowed and dominated throughout, playing quickly and aggressively. Against a Brazil side that looked unexpectedly shaky without the ball against Croatia, Mexico just might have a chance to pull off the upset today—at least if the referees don't decide it's once again their job to hand Brazil the victory whether they deserve it or not.

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