Philippe Coutinho and Diego Tardelli scored in the first half as Brazil defeated Mexico 2-0 in El Tri’s last preparation game before the start of the Copa America.
Mexico, who had already defeated Guatemala and drawn Peru in the lead-up to this match, were looking to make their last showing count ahead of their trip to Chile for the start of South America’s biggest tournament.
On the other hand, Brazil were playing hosts for the first time since the World Cup and were without star player Neymar, who was present in Barcelona’s treble celebrations.
The victory for the Mexicans was always going to be difficult against a Brazilian side near full-strength, but it was Mexico who kept possession even in the early periods of the first half.
However, in the 28th minute, Brazil took the lead through Philippe Coutinho. The Liverpool playmaker needed only a second to turn over Hugo Ayala and finish towards Jose de Jesus Corona’s near post to put the hosts ahead.
It was nearly 10 minutes later when Brazil doubled their lead. Elias dribbled past Rafa Marquez to place a pass into the center of the area for Diego Tardelli.
All the former Galo man had to do was tap the ball in for an easy finish for Brazil’s second of the night.
The game then became dull and nothing much came out of the match in the second half. Mexico failed to bring the best out of Jefferson as Brazil calmly defended their 2-0 lead until the final whistle.
Mexico’s next match will now be their debut in the Copa America against Bolivia on June 12.