Mexico and Brazil fans hold chanting battle ahead of last 16 clash

SAMARA, RUSSIA (JULY 2, 2018) (REUTERS) – As kick-off approached on Monday, Brazil fans in a bar geared up for the game against Mexico by chanting songs to support their team – one after the other.

In a festive atmosphere, children and adults sang along and they even teased Mexico fans, sitting nearby, chanting some traditional ‘mariachi’ songs with lyrics favouring Brazil.

It didn’t take long before Mexican fans reacted, with one fan shouting “Mexico are getting their first star (…) Brazil is leaving today”.

Brazil comfortably booked a spot in the second round with back-to-back wins, finishing as Group E winners and teeing up a knockout tie with the Central American side in Samara.

But Mexico, who finished second in their group, will surely put up a good fight.

Whereas seven of the teams in the knockout stages of the tournament have failed to record a single victory over Brazil since 2000, Mexico have won six of their 14 match-ups with Brazil in the same time period.

Having travelled over 12,000 kilometres, Daniel and his friends arrived at Samara on Monday in their colourful van hoping to see Mexico beat Brazil.

Playing the traditional folk song ‘La cucaracha’ and driving along the sea promenade, they now hope Mexico beats Brazil so they can throw a big ‘mariachi’ party, but they admit they will probably have a party anyway.

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