Mexico will face its second giant of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Monday when it takes on Brazil as an underdog.
This is the eighth straight time ‘El Tri’ is in the knockout stage of the world cup, but Mexico has lost in this stage the previous seven times.
Mexico fans were anticipating a win for their team as they lined up outside Machete Beer House in National City, one of San Diego’s popular World Cup watch party spots.
Mexico downed reigning World Cup champion Germany on June 17 in a stunner. Since that game, Mexico has been trending in the wrong direction, culminating in a 3-0 loss to Sweden on Wednesday.
Brazil, on the other hand, has steadied the ship since yielding a 1-1 draw to Switzerland in its opening game. The Brazilians responded with shutout wins over Costa Rica and Serbia to top Group E.
An injury to star left back Marcelo Vieira may slow down Brazil, though. Marcelo is out of the starting lineup but has not been ruled out for getting some minutes later in the game.
Mexico knows what it is up against. In a press conference Sunday, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said he believes Brazil is the “best team in the world.”
If Mexico wins, the National City Police Department again urged fans to avoid celebrating in the streets.
After Mexico’s first two wins, fired up fans took their celebration to Highland Avenue in National City, stopping traffic and forcing a transit bus to be rerouted.
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Source: NBC San Diego