Despite both going out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil at the last-16 stage, Mexico and Chile lit up the tournament with some very impressive play.
Thus the weekend's friendly match between the two sides at the recently opened Levi's stadium in Santa Clara, California should be quite an occasion with some high-quality players on show.
Amongst the swathe of internationals taking place over the coming days, Mexico against Chile jumps out as one of the absolute best with two exciting sides facing off.
Read on for the form guide for both sides as well as live streaming and scheduling information and predictions as to the outcome of the encounter.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 6
Time: 10 p.m. ET, 3 a.m. BST (Sept. 7)
Live Stream: ESPN Player (US only)
With this being both teams' first outing since the World Cup—and considering neither side won the competition—Mexico and Chile both come into the game in losing form.
However, that is something of a red herring as Chile took hosts Brazil to penalties in their last-16 encounter while Mexico were downed by two very late goals from the Netherlands.
Chile were really quite unlucky to miss out on a place in the quarter-finals in Brazil as they were arguably the better team against the hosts in normal time, per MLS star and Australia international Tim Cahill:
TIM CAHILL @Tim_Cahill
CHILE the better team today. Congratulations to Brazil but hopefully a wake up call. @FIFAWorldCup BRAZIL are destined to win #CESAR @mls6/28/2014, 6:57:35 PM
Equally, Jorge Sampaoli's side performed very well in what was a tough group in Brazil. While they lost to the Dutch 2-0 in their final encounter, their 2-0 defeat of Spain was comprehensive and knocked the defending champions out of the competition.
Their opening World Cup match was a 3-1 victory over Australia masterminded by the talismanic Alexis Sanchez, per WhoScored, who could be key against Mexico:
Alexis Sánchez: MotM vs Australia, Rating 9.3, Goals 1, Assists 1, Shots 2, Key Passes 3, Dribbles 6 @ANFPChile #chi http://t.co/mAh2wvCWyg6/14/2014, 12:06:22 AM
Form-wise, Miguel Herrera's Mexican side are very similarly matched with their opposition on Friday. They were undefeated in the group stages claiming victories over Cameroon 1-0 and a strong Croatia side 3-1.
Sandwiched in between those two games was a gutsy 0-0 draw with the hosts which, much like Chile, they could have won.
In the first knockout round, Mexico were two minutes away from the last-eight against the Netherlands before Wesley Sneijder and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar overturned the central American side's 1-0 lead, per Squawka:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Heartbreak for Mexico. What a valiant effort. #MEX http://t.co/3q8Nha0fic6/29/2014, 6:27:14 PM
Thus the form of both teams is good despite their most recent losses, which should make for a fine contest in California.
Both sides play at a great tempo, always looking to go forward and create chances which should make for a very exciting game.
Having experienced such brutal losses at the World Cup, each side will be eager to claim a victory and it should be a very open game.
Sanchez will be crucial to Chile's chances of winning the match—as he was at the World Cup—and if he is on song, then La Roja will be considered favourites.
Mexico will be missing Javier Hernandez after his recent move to Real Madrid, but in Giovani Dos Santos and Oribe Peralta they have plenty of attacking threat and this should make for a high-scoring encounter.
Predicted Result: 2-2
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