The 2015 Copa America kicks off on June 11, but two elite teams in the Americas will clash on Sunday when Brazil and Mexico meet at Allianz Parque in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The international friendly, which is part of the Chevrolet Brazil Global Tour, may not provide much of a status update for Mexico, as they focus more attention on the upcoming Gold Cup.
The big question surrounding the match involves a familiar face. Brazil forward Robinho is an injury doubt, as Brazil prepares for Copa America. The former Real Madrid star was once one of the best scorers in Europe, but now will be looking to regain his form on the international stage. Robinho, 30, currently plays for Santos, but is on loan from Italian powerhouse AC Milan.
Roberto Firmino, an attacking midfielder on 1899 Hoffenheim, will be a player to watch for on Brazil. The 23-year-old will be making his fifth appearance for head coach Dunga's squad.
One player Dunga will certainly not have on Sunday is Neymar. The Barcelona forward, along with compatriot Dani Alves, competed in the Champions League Final on Saturday in Berlin, with the Catalans completing the treble. Dunga reportedly stated he was pleased with what he saw from Neymar, his captain.
For El Tri, Carlos Vela, Javier “Chicharito” Hernández and Hector Herrera and other notable stars are being held out by head coach Miguel Herrera. Instead, Eduardo Herrera and Jesús "Tecatito" Corona are expected to play a more prominent role in Copa America, and could see action in Sao Paulo.
While competing against Brazil is often a great way to measure a team's talent against some of the most talented players in the world, Miguel Herrera is expected to use some rather untested players in the run-up to two summer tournaments, but Raul Jimenez and Eduardo "Lalo" Herrera might be two players who could see playing time. Center back Hugo Ayala will be a player to watch for on Sunday, as well. The 28-year-old has been a solid performer for Tigres UNAL.
In 39 games, Brazil own the head-to-head matchup with Mexico: 22-10, with seven draws. Brazil are looking to being Copa America with momentum, and erase some bad memories from the 2014 World Cup semifinal.
Time: 3:50 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Univision
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Prediction: Brazil over Mexico, 1-0