Mexican memories and a Milanese duel
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With all eight teams having played their first game at the FIFA Confederations Cup, hosts Brazil are looking to build on their winning start against Japan in their second fixture. Mexico are their next Group A opponents, with Fortaleza the venue for the 16.00 (local time) kick-off.

Three hours later, four-time world champions Italy face Japan in Recife at 19.00 (local time), where another defeat for the  Samurai Blue would further damage their chances of progressing to the next round. 

The matches
Brazil-Mexico, Group A, Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza, Wednesday 19 June, 16.00 (local time)
Italy-Japan, Group A, Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Wednesday 19 June, 19.00 (local time)

The duel
Mario Balotelli (ITA) - Yuto Nagatomo (JPN)

Not only is this an Italian-Japanese contest, it is also a battle between an AC Milan striker and an Inter Milan defender. Balotelli has led the line for I Rossoneri since January 2013, while Nagatomo, the only Italy-based player in the Asians' squad, has laced his boots for their city rivals for the last two years. Both players featured in the most recent Milan derby, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Stephan El Shaarawy, who gave AC Milan the lead that day, is also in the Squadra Azzurra at the Festival of Champions.

The expert's view
"It'll be a great game, one for the spectators to enjoy. The countries have a close friendship and have lots of things in common. On top of that, both teams like to play good football and the fans in the stadium will get their money's worth, as is always the case when Brazil play Mexico," Zinha, a former Mexico international with Brazilian roots, whose goal at the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005 was recently voted as the best in the tournament's history by FIFA.com users.

The fact

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The anniversary
Mexico 1-0 Brazil, 19 June 2005, Hanover, Germany

Alongside eventual winners Brazil, Mexico were the chief crowd-pleasers at the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005. Exactly eight years ago today, El Tri got the better of the five-time world champions with a 1-0 victory. Jared Borgetti's 59th minute strike meant Mexico topped Group B to reach the semi-finals, where they were eliminated by Argentina following a 6-5 penalty shoot-out defeat - the game being level at 1-1 after extra time. Six goals were shared in 90 enthralling minutes in the ensuing match for third place against the hosts in Leipzig, before the CONCACAF champions again came off worse, losing 4-3 after extra time. Goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez, who was voted Man of the Match twice during the competition, was among the best shot-stoppers at the tournament, pulling off several sensational saves. 

The birthdays
Hassan Shehata, 64 (Egypt) - Egypt coach at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009
Brian McBride, 41 (USA) - Played at the FIFA Confederations Cup 1999
Abdel Sabry, 39 (Egypt) - Played at the FIFA Confederations Cup 1999
Kleberson, 34 (Brazil) -  Played at the FIFA Confederations Cups in 2003 and 2009