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Football

Revenge not on Brazil’s agenda
AFP
Rio de Janeiro, June 19, 2013
First Published: 00:07 IST(19/6/2013)
Last Updated: 02:31 IST(19/6/2013)

Brazil left-back Marcelo says his side will not be seeking revenge when they renew acquaintance with Mexico in their second game of the Confederations Cup in Fortaleza on Wednesday. The last encounter between teams representing the two countries saw Mexico shock the five-time world champions with a 2-1 victory in the final of the men's football competition at the Olympics last year.

It was a crushing defeat for Brazil, who have never claimed Olympic gold, but Marcelo said those involved had quickly put it behind them.

"The Mexico defeat didn't stick in my throat. I don't see this match as a chance for revenge," said the Real Madrid defender, who was one of three permitted players aged over 23 in Brazil's Olympic squad.

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"Of course, I remember it. It was a very sad day for the players and the whole of Brazil. It's difficult to say why we weren't able to pierce their defence.

"We know that Mexico have great players, but we're Brazil and we have some, too. We can think that the match will be difficult, but they have to think that as well."

Brazil enjoyed an ideal start to the Confederations Cup on Saturday, with a stunning goal from poster boy Neymar setting them on the way to a breezy 3-0 win over Group A rivals Japan in the national capital Brasilia.

Brazil will secure a place in the semi-finals if they overcome Mexico at Estadio Castelao, but Marcelo was bewildered by reporters' questions about the possibility of a final showdown with world champions Spain.

As well as the Olympic final victory, Mexico prevailed 2-0 when the sides last met in a friendly in Texas last year.

Having lost 2-1 to Italy in their opening game at the Maracana on Sunday, Mexico know that they will be eliminated if they lose to Brazil and the Italians avoid defeat against Japan.

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Coach Jose Manuel de la Torre claimed "individual actions" were responsible for the loss to Italy, and in the Brazil of Neymar, Oscar and Hulk, he must confront another adversary brimming with individual talent.

"We produced some great football, but there are things to correct and we now have to concentrate on the next match against Brazil," he said.

The defeat by Italy means Mexico have now won just once in 10 games in 2013, and with their World Cup qualifying hopes also in the balance, a positive display against Brazil would represent a timely fillip.


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