Brazil vs. Mexico Live Stream: How to Watch Key Group A Matchup

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2013

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 15:  Neymar of Brazil looks on during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Brazil and Japan at National Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Wednesday's clash between Brazil and Mexico in Group A of the Confederations Cup is a huge match for both sides. 

For Brazil, it's the opportunity to earn three more points and all but earn a spot in the semifinals. For Mexico, it's a chance to keep their semifinal aspirations viable, as a loss would all but eliminate them from the next round.

Obviously, you don't want to miss a minute of this vital match. With the television and streaming information provided below, you won't have to miss a thing.

 

When: Wednesday, June 19 at 3 p.m. ET

Where: Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza, Brazil

TV: ESPN

Streaming: WatchESPN

 

Players to Watch

If you don't know you should be watching Neymar's every move by now, well, you must be a jilted Real Madrid fan.

The Brazilian talisman and Barcelona man provided the moment of the Confederations Cup thus far, with his wonder strike on the half volley to give Brazil a 1-0 lead over Japan in the third minute of the tournament's first game. All eyes are on Neymar a year away from the World Cup, as he'll be expected to lead his country to a title on his home soil. 

He's not alone, of course. Barcelona boasts an excellent back four of Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Dani Alves and Marcelo, even if Alves had a pretty brutal game against Japan.

But when you watch Brazil, you watch for the creative and electrifying attackers. Alongside Neymar, Brazil has Fred in the forward role, who has been scoring regularly for his country. Then there is the powerful Hulk, whose powerful shots from distance give keepers nightmares, and Oscar, a tricky and technically sound player who quietly impacts every match in a positive way. 

Add in central midfielder Paulinho, fast becoming one of Brazil's most reliable players, and you have a very, very dangerous team. 

But Mexico, despite their recent struggles, should not be underestimated. 

Javier Hernandez may be stuck behind Robin van Persie on Manchester United's team sheet, but few players score with as much regularity for their country as El Chicharito. 

He's not alone, of course. Andres Guardado is a dangerous weapon out wide on the wing, while Giovani dos Santos gives Mexico a dangerous, creative edge when he is utilized in the hole atop the midfield behind Hernandez. 

There is plenty of talent on this team—don't forget about Carlos Salcido, Pablo Barrera and Hector Moreno—but it will be Mexico's desperation to earn a win in this vital match that makes them truly dangerous for Brazil.

 

Prediction

Mexico just isn't playing great soccer right now, folks. With just one win in six World Cup qualifying games during the Hexagonal round and a 2-1 loss to Italy, it's really hard to see this team knocking off a talented Brazilian squad. 

Look for the hosts to win this one, 2-1. 

 

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