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Confederations Cup: Host Brazil not looking back in history, Marcelo says

The last encounter between teams representing the two countries saw Mexico shock the five-time world champions with a 2-1 win in the final at the London Olympics last year.

Brazil's defender Marcelo said those involved in last summer's Olympic final loss to Mexico had quickly put it behind them. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP
Brazil's defender Marcelo said those involved in last summer's Olympic final loss to Mexico had quickly put it behind them. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

FORTALEZA, Brazil // Brazil left-back Marcelo says his side will not be seeking revenge when they renew acquaintance with Mexico in their second game of the Confederations Cup in Fortaleza on Wednesday.

The last encounter between teams representing the two countries saw Mexico shock the five-time world champions with a 2-1 win in the final of the men's football competition at the London Olympics last year.

It was a crushing defeat for Brazil, who have never claimed Olympic gold, but Marcelo said those involved had quickly put it behind them.

"The Mexico defeat didn't stick in my throat. I don't see this match as a chance for revenge," said the Real Madrid defender, who was one of three permitted players age over 23 in Brazil's Olympic squad.

"Of course, I remember it. It was a very sad day for the players and the whole of Brazil. It's difficult to say why we weren't able to pierce their defence. We know that Mexico have great players, but we're Brazil and we have some, too. We can think that the match will be difficult, but they have to think that as well."

Brazil enjoyed an ideal start to the Confederations Cup on Saturday, with a stunning goal from Neymar setting them on the way to a 3-0 win over Group A rivals Japan in the national capital Brasilia.

Brazil will secure a place in the semi-finals if they overcome Mexico at Estadio Castelao.

The defeat by Italy means Mexico have now won just once in 10 games in 2013, and with their World Cup qualifying hopes also in the balance, a positive display against Brazil would represent a timely fillip.

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