OSCAR PREPARED FOR DIFFICULT TEST

Jun 17, 2014 Posted Under: News

Oscar is hopeful Brazil can build on their performance in the World Cup opener when they take on Mexico in Forteleza later today.

The Chelsea playmaker was outstanding against Croatia last Thursday in a 3-1 win, laying on Brazil’s first goal for Neymar before scoring their third late in the game.

Tonight’s opponents Mexico were equally impressive during their first game, a 1-0 win over Cameroon, and having suffered disappointment against them in the final of the 2012 Olympics, Oscar is wary of the threat they pose.

‘Of course I was very sad (after the Olympic defeat),’ he said. ‘It is a medal that Brazil have never won and we lost the final.

‘Mexico are a very good team. It will certainly be as difficult as last year [Brazil beat Mexico in the Confederations Cup group stage]. In the World Cup there is an extra desire to win and I hope we can do so again this time.

‘Mexico are a very different side to Croatia. They play the ball out from the back well and are very good on the counter-attack.’

Oscar started the game against Croatia wide on the right and grew in confidence after a couple of brilliant deliveries early in the game. He got the goal his performance merited in the dying minutes with an intelligent toe-poke from outside the penalty area.

‘That’s right, it was a real toe-poke – Romario-style!’ he told FIFA.com. ‘At times like that, anything goes. Most of the lads in our team used to play futsal and we learned to strike it with our toes. [Due to cramp in both legs] it was the only option I had left.

‘I didn’t have to prove anything to anyone. If I did, then it was only to Felipe, and he always showed total faith in me.

‘Of course, in friendly games you don’t have quite the same edge. A World Cup is a different matter though, as I proved, and not just to Felipe, to the whole world.’

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