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Brazil-Mexico. It would be nice if Mexico gave a good performance here. I don't expect them to win, but it would be nice if they lost without looking as crappy as Spain did against Russia. Chucky Lozano has been their best player, as he was for PSV Eindhoven during the recently-completed season. Trivia note: the Spanish-language announcers pronounce his nickname "Chooky". If the Mexico we saw against Sweden shows up, the will be a blowout. Let's hope the team that beat Germany returns. Marcelo is a question mark for Brazil ... he played well in their first two games. Truth is, only Brazil can beat Brazil. It may happen ... they're weak in goal, and ... oh, let's face it, they have lots of good-to-great players. The two teams have met many times over the years, with Mexico being held scoreless the last three matches. In the World Cup, they have met four times, with Brazil picking up three wins and a draw and outscoring the Mexicans, 11-0. Here are a couple of clips of Mexico's last win over Brazil, six years ago in a friendly:

Belgium-Japan. I've been wrong before, but this should be no contest. Japan only got this far because they didn't get very many yellow cards ... Belgium won all three of their matches by an aggregate score of 9-2. I'm not sure who Japan's best players are ... Yuya Osako was Man of the Match against Colombia, but hasn't done much since. Defender Gen Shoji had a couple of good matches before sitting out against Poland. Maya Yoshida is another who crapped out against Poland after a good start to the tourney. Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku scored two goals for Belgium in both matches he played in, and Eden Hazard has two goals and an assist in two matches. Japan's only hope lies in the possibility that Lukaku will miss the match, but Belgium manager Roberto Martinez says Lukaku is good to go. Japan and Belgium met in the 2002 World Cup in Japan. It was an exciting match, with a tremendous goal from Marc Wilmots:

 

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