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Brazil will look to all but seal their passage into the second round when they take on Mexico later today.

The home favourites opened their campaign with a fortunate 3-1 win over Croatia on Thursday.

Phil Scolari’s men struggled against the Europeans and were it not for some poor decision making referee Yuichi Nishimura could have

Nishimura gave Brazil a fortunate penalty with the score tied at 1-1 while he also ruled out what appeared a legitimate effort from the Croats before Oscar putting the bow on the victory.

Oscar along with Neymar were the only shining lights for Brazil on a night where the weakness in their midfield was exposed.

The yellow canaries were overrun at times in the middle and they struggled to get into the game.

The same can be said of Fred, the forward who dived for the penalty.

The Fluminense striker looked stagnant and disinterested throughout the game and wouldn’t be a surprise if he was dropped for the clash with the Mexicans.

Fellow forward Hulk is also hoping to be ready for the game. The Zenith forward has been struggling with a thigh problem and unable to train with Bernard waiting in the wings should be fail to make it.

Mexico meanwhile looks sharp during their 1-0 win over Cameroon in their opening game. Miguel Herrera’s men should have won more comfortably but again poor refereeing proved costly as they two perfectly good goals ruled out.

The results put Mexico second in the group however and while many are tipping them to lose to the hosts, goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has warned Tuesday’s opponents that they will be even better than they were against the African side.

“We’re not nervous about it at all.” The Ajaccio keeper said.

“In fact, getting a start like this has calmed our nerves. The team’s only going to get stronger and we’re on the up and up.

“We’ll be going into the game in a happy frame of mind and ready for the challenge.”

Ochoa is expected to be a busy man on Tuesday with both sides insistent on playing an entertaining brand of football and this encounter should add to what has been strong start to the tournament.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.