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There’s no lack of passion from Brazil’s Marcelo, David Luiz and Julio Cesar as they sing their national anthem before the game against Mexico.

The first thing Argentina had to contend with upon their arrival in Belo Horizonte was a banner at their base welcoming “the next World Champions”. T(...)

Oscar of Brazil takes on Rafael Marquez and Giovani dos Santos of Mexico in their Group A match. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Deflation definitely, but there was no panic on Brazil’s biggest television network after another stuttering performance by the national team during i(...)

Brazil’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari shouts instructions to his players during their 2014 World Cup Group A match against Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza. Photograph: Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters

The cover of Brazilian GQ features Brazil coach Felipe “Big Phil” Scolari looking rather dapper – suit jacket, neatly-clipped moustache, ultra-expensi(...)

Mexico’s goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa dives to stop a shot during their  World Cup Group A  match against Brazil at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza. Photograph:  Francois Xavier Marit/Reuters

Brazil 0 Mexico 0There has been plenty of talk of footballing ghosts here for Brazil and the scariest one for them is generally considered to be Urugu(...)

Mexico’s Oribe Peralta after scoring the winner against Cameroon in their opening game at the Estadio das Dunas in Natal.

The World Cup’s great underachievers, Mexico have placed themselves in the relatively comfortable position of going into their second Group A match ag(...)

Brazilian fans in a beach restaurant in Porto Seguro celebrate Oscar’s third goal against Croatia. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

It was ‘A Hard-Fought Victory’ according to Estado de S Paulo. ‘A Painful Victory’ in the opinion of O Globo. ‘On the Whistle, On the Ball’ said Folha(...)

Yuichi Nishimura shows Dejan Lovren of Croatia  a yellow card after awarding the penalty kick to Brazil. Photograph: Elsa/Getty Images

Furious Croatia coach Niko Kovac blamed “out of his depth” referee Yuichi Nishimura and warned the World Cup could turn into a circus after a content(...)

Luiz Felipe Scolari of Brazil shakes hands with Neymar as he comes off the field in the second half. Photograph: Getty Images

The problems Brazil has faced in getting ready for this World Cup have been well aired during its build-up.But in marked contrast to the doubts over t(...)

Croatia’s players crowd around referee Yuichi Nishimura of Japan after he awarded a penalty against them for a foul on Fred. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

And we’re off. “Is it not over yet?” asked a heathen yesterday, but to be honest, it did feel like the build-up to it all began when Methuselah was a (...)

Neymar celebrates his opening  goal against Croatia. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

A few minutes into the warm-up before Brazil v Croatia, Neymar slipped on the freshly-watered pitch and went over on his ankle. He rolled on the gr(...)

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