- POSTED: 17 Jun 2014 20:18
- UPDATED: 18 Jun 2014 00:21
Brazil can complete part one of their World Cup mission on Tuesday against Mexico, knowing a victory will virtually ensure a place in the last 16 and help relieve some of the huge emotional pressure.
FORTALEZA: Brazil can complete part one of their World Cup mission on Tuesday against Mexico, knowing a victory will virtually ensure a place in the last 16 and help relieve some of the huge emotional pressure.
The five-time champions opened their campaign with a 3-1 win over Croatia while Mexico edged Cameroon 1-0.
Mexico shattered Brazil's dream of winning the only major prize missing from their honours list two years ago, when they stunned the South Americans 2-1 to claim the Olympic gold medal.
Brazil striker Hulk insists there is no question of Brazil looking to settle a score at Fortaleza's Castelao Stadium, the same venue where they met in the Confederations Cup last year, when Luiz Felipe Scolari's side claimed a 2-0 victory.
But it is also the site of one of the World Cup's big shocks so far, Costa Rica's 3-1 upset of Copa America winners Uruguay.
"In the Confederations Cup, we tried to think only about winning the game and it will be the same this time. If we think about revenge, it could cause us problems," said Hulk.
Nevertheless, the Olympic defeat left its mark on him, Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Oscar and Neymar, the five members of Brazil's 2014 squad who featured in that Wembley gold medal match.
"It will certainly be as difficult as last year. In the World Cup there is an extra desire to win and I hope we can do so again this time," said Chelsea's Oscar.