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Scolari: Revamped Mexico a tough rival for Brazil

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 16, 2014 at 7:55 pm •  Published: June 16, 2014

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — A year after his team struggled to beat old rival Mexico in the Confederations Cup, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is bracing for another tough time when the two sides meet in the World Cup on Tuesday.

The match comes with both teams having their eyes set on a place in the second round after making winning starts in Group A. With Brazil beating Croatia 3-1 and Mexico edging Cameroon 1-0, the winner will advance to the round of 16 if Cameroon and Croatia draw on Wednesday in Manaus.

Brazil labored to a 2-0 victory in the 2013 warm-up tournament, sealing the victory with a late second goal in a match which was also played in Fortaleza and was also the second game of a group stage.

"We know that it's never easy when we play Mexico," Scolari said. "It's always very even. Brazil's second goal against them in the Confederations Cup wasn't scored until late in the second half. It's always difficult."

Mexico has won seven of the last 15 matches against the five-time world champion, including two of the last four. And to make it even more challenging for Brazil, Mexico has changed a lot since the teams last faced each other.

"We can't forget that Mexico's national team has had three coaches in the last 12 months," Scolari said. "That means they also changed the way they play. The team that will play here is not the same that played us in the Confederations Cup. It's going to be a lot different."

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