Wednesday June 19, 2013 1st Round: Group A Finished Estádio Plácido Castelo

Brazil 2 - 0 Mexico

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  1. Confederations Cup - Neymar inspires Brazil to win over Mexico

    Confederations Cup - Neymar inspires Brazil to win over Mexico

    A goal and assist from Neymar in a 2-0 victory over Mexico helped Brazil reach the Confederations Cup semi-finals. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • 90+4' FULL TIME. Neymar with a goal and an assist as Brazil move to the brink of the semi-finals. What a performance from the young forward.
    • 90+3' GOAL! Brazil 2-0 Mexico! Genius from Neymar as he tees up Jo. The forward takes his time before sarting between two men on the left of the box and squares for Jo, who taps into an empty net.
    • 90+2' Doesn't look like Mexico have anything to come here.
    • 90+1' We will have four added minutes.
    • 90' And Rodriguez joins him in the book for protesting the decision.
    • 89' Hector Herrera, on as a sub, gets a yellow card for hammering Neymar late.
    • 88' A change for Mexico as Raul Jimenez comes on for Torrado.
    • 87' Neymar indulges in a spot of play-acting, pretending to be caught in the face.
    • 85' Neymar with an outrageous flick over his man and Paulinho blasts a shot high and wide at the far post when he gets on the end of the subsequent cross.
    • 84' Dos Santos with another Mexico corner but Cesar watches it all the way into his gloves at the back post.
    • 82' The ineffectual Fred is replaced by Jo.
    • 81' CHANCE FOR MEXICO! Barrera delivers a wicked cross from the right and after it fizzes across the box, Guardado wins a corner at the back post when his hooked cross is knocked behind.
    • 80' Guardado heads a dangerous cross from the right back across goal but Brazil head clear again. Mexico just don’t have the cutting edge they need at the moment.
    • 78' Here comes the change as Moura comes on for Hulk to join the Brazil attack.
    • 78' Mier gets to a corner at the back post but is penalised for a push on Silva.
    • 77' Brazil are readying PSG talent Lucas Moura.
    • 76' Alves, always a spiky customer, goes into the book when he sticks out his elbow to fend off Barrera.
    • 75' Dos Santos flicks in a corner but again Brazil clear. And that after Silva had to scoop the ball over his own bar from a cross.
    • 74' Mexico need to make something happen here. If they lose this and Italy beat Japan later then their participation is over.
    • 72' Neymar with a bit of trickery to slip the ball to Marcelo and the Real Madrid man wins a thrown. Now Neymar tries another trick but it doesn’t come off.
    • 70' A change for Mexico as Pablo Barrera replaces Torres.
    • 68' Neymar scampers away down the left once more but his cross to taken by Corona. The Barcelona forward has been the star of the show, no doubt about it.
    • 67' Paulinho requires treatment after a bodycheck but the Spurs target is fine to continue.
    • 65' CHANCE FOR BRAZIL! Neymar tries to beat Corona with a snapshot at his near post but the keeper turns it behind for a corner.
    • 64' Mexico have a chance to spring a two v one break but Hernandez plays the ball too far ahead and Cesar comes off his line to clear. Corona then does a similar thing himself to stop Neymar.
    • 63' Hulk’s delivery is headed behind by Rodriguez at the far post and now Neymar will take a corner from the opposite side…
    • 63' Luiz takes the free-kick and his low effort deflects behind for a corner.
    • 62' Meanwhile, Oscar is replaced by Hernanes.
    • 61' Salcido clatters into Neymar to give Brazil a free-kick in a dangerous position.
    • 60' Brazil are getting Hernanes ready. Presumably for Gustavo or Paulinho in midfield.
    • 59' SUPERB DEFENDING! Mexico construct a fine passing move as Dos Santos plays in a team-mate and it takes a crucial sliding block from Luiz to prevent the ball being tapped home by Hernandez at the back post.
    • 58' A change for Mexico as Hector Herrera replaces Flores.
    • 56' Neymar, currently stationed on the right of the Brazil attack, fires a decent effort just wide of the far post.
    • 55' CHANCE FOR BRAZIL! Oh Hulk, what are you doing? Neymar flicks a gorgeous ball over the top for the Zenit striker and he has two options: score at the near post or square for Fred for a tap-in. He takes option three: snatch at the ball and drive it wide.
    • 53' Neymar loses one marker with a nice turn but over-indulges and loses possession when he tries to execute a trick 25 yards from goal.
    • 52' Hulk swings in a cross from the left wing but Corona plucks the ball out of the air with little trouble.
    • 51' Alves wins a free-kick and stares down his opponent on the right wing for Brazil. The crowd respond.
    • 49' Paulinho gets on the ball but can’t release Oscar off to his right.
    • 48' A bird gets on the pitch. Everyone loves an animal pitch invader, don’t they? No. No they don’t.
    • 47' GOAL DISALLOWED! Neymar with a dangerous free-kick but Hulk is rightly called offside before he squares for Silva to tap into an open net.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
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    • 45+3' HALF TIME. Neymar’s goal separates the sides and it was a beauty. Brazil finished the half rather slowly though.
    • 45+2' Dos Santos tries to catch out Cesar with a wild attempt to find the far corner with a free-kick wide on the right but the keeper sees it over the bar.
    • 45' We will have three added minutes.
    • 44' The level of the game has dropped since about the 15 minute mark and Mexico are acquitting themselves fairly well now.
    • 43' Silva clatters into Hernandez from behind with a stupid tackle and the defender goes into the book.
    • 42' David Luiz is now on his third shirt and Brazil are still trying to patch up his leaky nose.
    • 41' Blood is coming out of Luiz’s nose once again and Webb orders him off the pitch for more treatment.
    • 40' Mexico get caught on the break after executing a poor free-kick but Hulk ruins the chance with a poor attempt at a pass for Neymar.
    • 39' Luiz is patched up, albeit with a likely broken nose, and comes back onto the pitch.
    • 38' Brazil are still stemming the flow of blood from Luiz’s nose so they remain a man down.
    • 37' Dos Santos causes problems again as he gets away from Marcelo and chips in a neat cross. Again, though, he fails to pick out a Mexico shirt.
    • 35' Luiz needs a change of shirt and referee Howard Webb has to wipe his hands after getting blood on himself. The centre-back continues to have treatment.
    • 34' Ouch. David Luiz takes one in the face when leaping for a free-kick in the box and his nose leaks blood.
    • 33' Flores now gets into an advanced position on the right and looks for Hernandez, who is lurking in the centre. However, Thiago Silva makes an important intervention to prevent the United striker from getting a shot away.
    • 31' Dos Santos tries to get some purchase on a corner from the right but can’t pick out a Mexico shirt and it’s another Brazil goal-kick.
    • 29' Dos Santos is furious when he doesn’t get a corner after contact from a Brazil shirt but it’s a goal-kick and Julio Cesar plays the ball out.
    • 27' Nope. It’s Neymar with the chipped delivery instead and it’s headed behind for a Brazil corner.
    • 26' Brazil win a free-kick 30 yards from goal and Hulk likes the look of it…
    • 25' Neymar has predictably been the star of the show so far. Just think, next season he will be in the same team as Lionel Messi…
    • 23' CHANCE FOR BRAZIL! Neymar controls the ball beautifully off his chest, takes another touch to lose Mier and then thunders a shot just over the bar.
    • 22' Hulk swings in the free-kick after Alves lays the ball off to him but Mexico clear their lines.
    • 21' Neymar threatens to get away from Guardado with his electric pace and the Mexico winger can only resort to a cynical foul to earn a booking.
    • 20' In comes the delivery from Dos Santos and Brazil fail to clear properly. However, Mexico can’t get a clean shot away either.
    • 19' Marcelo gives away a free-kick with a clumsy foul on the left…
    • 17' CHAOS! Jorge Torres loses his man with a clever bit of skill and his cross causes havoc, with Hernandez having a shot blocked. Brazil are then guilty of some poor defending as Ricardo Mier rifles a shot just past the post.
    • 15' Now Guardado has to punch away a cross as his goal comes under more pressure from the home side.
    • 14' CHANCE FOR BRAZIL! Alves gets to the edge of the box and dinks an outrageous chip to the back post, where his shot appears to be dipping just under the bar before Corona tips it over.
    • 12' Brazil rewarded for their impressively quick start by a stunning strike from a man who has joined Barcelona for next season. The home fans love it.
    • 10' That’s Neymar’s second goal of the tournament and it set the stadium alight in Fortaleza. What a sound.
    • 9' GOAL! Brazil 1-0 Mexico! A sensational volley from Neymar! Alves has a teasing cross headed away by a defender but the ball falls out of the air and onto the left boot of the forward, who lashes home a wonderful strike from just inside the box.
    • 8' Hulk and Fred exchange passes 35 yards from goal but the former can’t keep possession.
    • 7' And at the other end, Hulk gets his first shot when cutting in from the right and having a low effort blocked. It’s a high-octane encounter.
    • 7' It’s a hectic game at the moment. Now Gerardo Flores takes possession with a smart interception in the box and has a bobbling shot saved by Julio Cesar.
    • 6' Giovani Dos Santos whips in a cross from the right but can’t pick out Javier Hernandez in the centre of the box.
    • 5' More great work from Neymar as he tees up Paulinho but when the midfielder has his shot blocked and tries to get the forward on the ball once more, he is found offside before his cross is tapped in at the back post.
    • 4' Brazil go short from the free-kick to find Marcelo on the edge of the box but his low shot is saved comfortably by Jose Corona.
    • 3' Now Marcelo wins a free-kick and gestures to the crowd to get riled up, as Neymar did only a minute before. The atmosphere is already electric.
    • 3' Andres Guardado hunts down Oscar and chops him to ground with a kick from behind. Free-kick to Brazil. Neymar makes ground down the left with a trick but Fred can't get a shot away.
    • 2' It’s fair to say the atmosphere is absolutely sensational. Brazilian fans making a racket.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 20:00 Time for the national anthems, Brazil have a good one. And with trouble going on outside the stadium, focus switches to events inside it.
    • 19:55 Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre: "Brazil are very good upfront they are dominating and powerful and we must be very careful."
    • 19:50 Luis Felipe Scolari: "What can I do about it (suggestions that Brazilian protestors may try to gain access to the stadium to disrupt the match)? Can I stop people getting in? Can I work on opening doors and closing doors. No. We have to leave it to the authorities and they must handle those things as best they can. We have to do our work. We can have our opinions but it can't interfere with our work."
    • 19:45 Indeed, the Associated Press is reporting that four police officers and a demonstrator have been injured in clashes outside the stadium today. Tens of thousands of people are on the streets of Fortaleza.
    • 19:40 Brazil, as promised, are unchanged for a match which has been overshadowed to an extent by the protests rippling through Brazilian society. Vast crowds have been clashing with police over bus price hikes, police brutality, corruption, poor public services and the huge amounts of money invested in the World Cup next summer. Not good headlines for FIFA.
    • 19:35 TEAMS: Brazil: Cear, Alves, Silva, Luiz, Marcelo, Gustavo, Paulinho, Oscar, Hulk, Fred, Neymar. /// Mexico: Corona, Rodriguez, Salcido, Torrado, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Torres, Mier, Flores, Hernandez.
    • 19:30 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Confederations Cup clash between Brazil and Mexico in Fortaleza. Brazil won their opening game against Japan while Mexico went down to Italy. If Mexico lose and Italy beat Japan in our second game, then it will be the hosts and the Azzurri through.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' GOAL! Brazil 2-0 Mexico! Genius from Neymar as he tees up Jo. The forward takes his time before sarting between two men on the left of the box and squares for Jo, who taps into an empty net.
    • 90' And Rodriguez joins him in the book for protesting the decision.
    • 89' Hector Herrera, on as a sub, gets a yellow card for hammering Neymar late.
    • 85' Neymar with an outrageous flick over his man and Paulinho blasts a shot high and wide at the far post when he gets on the end of the subsequent cross.
    • 81' CHANCE FOR MEXICO! Barrera delivers a wicked cross from the right and after it fizzes across the box, Guardado wins a corner at the back post when his hooked cross is knocked behind.
    • 65' CHANCE FOR BRAZIL! Neymar tries to beat Corona with a snapshot at his near post but the keeper turns it behind for a corner.
    • 59' SUPERB DEFENDING! Mexico construct a fine passing move as Dos Santos plays in a team-mate and it takes a crucial sliding block from Luiz to prevent the ball being tapped home by Hernandez at the back post.
    • 55' CHANCE FOR BRAZIL! Oh Hulk, what are you doing? Neymar flicks a gorgeous ball over the top for the Zenit striker and he has two options: score at the near post or square for Fred for a tap-in. He takes option three: snatch at the ball and drive it wide.
    • 43' Silva clatters into Hernandez from behind with a stupid tackle and the defender goes into the book.
    • 23' CHANCE FOR BRAZIL! Neymar controls the ball beautifully off his chest, takes another touch to lose Mier and then thunders a shot just over the bar.
    • 21' Neymar threatens to get away from Guardado with his electric pace and the Mexico winger can only resort to a cynical foul to earn a booking.
    • 17' CHAOS! Jorge Torres loses his man with a clever bit of skill and his cross causes havoc, with Hernandez having a shot blocked. Brazil are then guilty of some poor defending as Ricardo Mier rifles a shot just past the post.
    • 14' CHANCE FOR BRAZIL! Alves gets to the edge of the box and dinks an outrageous chip to the back post, where his shot appears to be dipping just under the bar before Corona tips it over.
    • 9' GOAL! Brazil 1-0 Mexico! A sensational volley from Neymar! Alves has a teasing cross headed away by a defender but the ball falls out of the air and onto the left boot of the forward, who lashes home a wonderful strike from just inside the box.
    • 19:35 TEAMS: Brazil: Cear, Alves, Silva, Luiz, Marcelo, Gustavo, Paulinho, Oscar, Hulk, Fred, Neymar. /// Mexico: Corona, Rodriguez, Salcido, Torrado, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Torres, Mier, Flores, Hernandez.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Brazil

    Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari

  • Mexico

    Manager: José Manuel de la Torre

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