Mexico captain Andres Guardado has urged officials to keep a keen eye on Brazil forward Neymar "because he likes to exaggerate fouls". "We'll do everything possible because we all know that statistics don't play when the game starts". "We know he likes to exaggerate fouls, throw himself on the ground a lot, but that's his style of play and the person who needs to stop that is the referee, not us", added the Real Betis midfielder.
It's not the silver lining Costa Ricans were hoping for when their 2018 National Team, full of veterans of La Sele's extraordinary run at the 2014 World Cup, headed to Russian Federation.
Though Mexico have never won against Brazil in a FIFA World Cup, Guardado said that El Tri was not intimidated by next Monday evening's (Tuesday morning AEST) match.
"There's no greater memory than making history with a fifth match".
Brazil's defender Marcelo (centre) reacts after getting injured during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Serbia and Brazil at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 27, 2018.
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The Liverpool striker did not celebrate his goal, fueling speculation he could still quit the national team over a political row. Egypt finished in last place with no points, a result likely to heap pressure on Argentine coach Hector Cuper.
That assistance will be crucial against a talented but inconsistent Mexican side that have gone from beating Germany 1-0 in their opener to losing 3-0 to Sweden in their final group game.
"He's a very important player, because he's one of the best in the world", the 44-year-old said.
"It is a joke that I made, and the journalists talked about it badly".
Silva scored from a second half Neymar corner as Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 to finish top of Group E.