When Brazil take the pitch on Wednesday to square off vs Mexico in the second round of the Confederations Cup, there will be more on the line than a place in the semi-finals. Both enter the match fully fit and fresh, but where does the value lie? Let's take a closer look.
In the Summer Olympics final in London, Mexico pulled off the unlikely upset and defeated Brazil 2-1. This win was preceded by another Mexico victory over Brazil just two months prior. So will the samba side view this as a grudge match?
Not according to Brazilian captain Thiago Silva.
Most players will say something along these lines in order to avoid giving the opposition any bullitin board material, but in this case there may be some truth to it.
When it comes to Brazilian football, winning is never enough. They must also win with flair and style. Yet, there is another undercurrent to this Confederations Cup run - social unrest.