Ahead of Mexico’s crucial Round of 16 clash against Brazil, it never hurts to be optimistic, or as Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez says “imaginemos cosas chingonas”. Here are five memorable Mexico victories over Brazil.
1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup - Mexico vs Brazil (2-0)
There is a first time for everything. This marked the first ever victory over Brazil and it won Mexico their second ever CONCACAF Gold Cup title. Sure, this was only a U-23 Brazil side, but you best bet it counted on the stat sheet.
2007 Copa America - Mexico vs Brazil (2-0)
Who could forget Neri Castillo? This was his coming out tournament, and much like in this World Cup, Mexico started that tournament with a bang. Ramon Morales’s free-kick was just the icing on the cake.
2005 U-17 World Championship - Mexico vs Brazil (3-0)
This was Mexico’s first World Cup title in any age level and it was against a heavily favored Brazil side. It was historic in every sense.
Interestingly enough, three Mexican players from this current World Cup squad (Hector Moreno, Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Vela) were in that game, compared to only two players from this Brazil 2018 World Cup squad(Marcelo and Renato Augusto).
2012 Summer Olympics - Mexico vs Brazil (2-1)
It is without question El Tri’s greatest fútbol accomplishment outside of Mexico. Against all odds, Mexico defeated Brazil at Wembley Stadium to earn their first ever Gold Medal in fútbol.
1999 Confederations Cup - Mexico vs Brazil (4-3)
This is arguably the biggest senior national team accomplishment in Mexican fútbol history. In front of a crowd of 110,000 people, El Tri defeated Brazil 4-3 to win Mexico their only Confederations Cup trophy. That Mexico side had a generation of players that will go down as one of the best, in a game that will go down as one of the best.