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For Brazil fans, Mexico has turned from rival to nemesis

Graham Watson
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Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, left, saves a header by Brazil's Thiago Silva during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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RIO DE JANEIRO — If Argentina is Brazil’s chief international rival, then Mexico would be considered the country’s nemesis.

The two teams played to a 0-0 draw during the World Cup on Tuesday, which only intensified the angst Brazilian fans have toward Mexico.

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“They are guys who gave us a lot of trouble historically,” Ped Roseivalos said. “We have a terrible background against them. They know how to play with us. They attack us. We are used to playing everybody on defense and they don’t play like this. And this is great. When we play with teams that attack us they, at the same time, give us space to play. So, it’s always an excellent match. But we lose a lot, more than we’d think was possible.”

The teams first met during the World Cup in 1950 and Brazil holds a 3-0 advantage in three World Cups. But Mexico has been fierce during Confederations Cups and, most recently, it beat Brazil in the 2012 London Olympics two years ago.

“Brazilian guys have a problem with the Mexican team,” Bernardo Sucena said. “I really don’t know why. We believe that we have a better team.”

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Roseivalos, who was visibly angry following the draw, admitted that when talking about Brazil’s two rivals — Argentina and Mexico — he feared Mexico more, especially after Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa stopped everything he faced.

“The rivalry between us and Argentina is huge, but with Mexico they got scores on us,” Roseivalos said. “It’s not only about rivalry, they [beat] us. We always [beat [Argentina] historically. But Mexico? Terrible, frightening.

“We will always be afraid about Mexico.”

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