Brazil vs. Mexico FIFA World Cup match will start at 12 p.m. PT or 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Brazil is the favorite as it has 22 wins, 6 draws, and 10 losses against Mexico in head-to-head matches.
While the Brazil vs. Mexico match will certainly be FIFA World Cup Tuesday's game of the day, much of the attention so far has been placed on Brazil forward Hulk, who was pulled out of training with a muscle problem. He had led Brazil on a 3-1 win against Croatia on the opening day of the World Cup.
"I felt a pain in my left hamstring. It has been there for a few days, but it did not stop me from playing in the first game (against Croatia) and God willing it will stop me from playing in the next match," he said on Sunday, according to FIFA.com.
When asked about Hulk's missed training, Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari remained steadfast in his team's overall strength to cover for any missing player.
"He wouldn't have run, wouldn't have participated. There was no need for him to come so he stayed behind and had treatment.
"I can choose a replacement with my eyes closed - there will be no problem. I have 23 players and I think I've selected them well.
"I have players with different characteristics and different qualities to Hulk who can bolster the team," he said.
Although Brazil is the favorite, Mexico's Oribe Peralta has led his team in an FIFA World Cup opening debut win over Cameroon; the striker had also led Mexico to the 2012 Olympics gold medal, when his two goals sealed their win over former Olympic champion Brazil. In addition, he scored five times over the two legs of a play-off against New Zealand to qualify for the World Cup.
"I'm glad to have played my part in those victories, but it's a team effort," he humbly told FIFA.com. "It falls to me to put the ball in, because I'm the closest player to the goal, but it comes as a result of everybody's hard work."
"Thanks to the first win, we are very calm about the Brazil match, about taking another step forwards to achieving our goal. But the Brazil team is tough, very tough," he cautioned, the FIFA.com reported, but also issued a challenge to Brazil. "We're going to make life difficult for them, because this game will be crucial. Still, it's a team that, if we play well, we can beat."