On the second matchday of the FIFA Confederations Cup, there was a masterclass of the art of free-kick taking from centurion Andrea Pirlo and Uruguay's Luis Suarez, but only the former ended up on the winning side.
A young fringe player when Mexico lifted the FIFA Confederations Cup 14 years ago, Gerardo Torrado is a mainstay of the El Tri side that is going for glory again in Brazil. FIFA.com spoke to the midfield stalwart.
Queretaro were beaten for the sixth time in seven games, Leon climbed to third with a win over San Luis, Gerardo Torrado saved Cruz Azul, and Santos Laguna beat Tigres Monterrey.
The Brasileirao will be decided on the last day of action next Sunday, while Boca Juniors are a point from glory in Argentina and two Mexican giants fell.
In our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents some of the biggest names from planet football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
Real Salt Lake are the only remaining side from USA and will take on Costa Rican giants Deportivo Saprissa, while Mexico’s two remaining participants, Cruz Azul and Monterrey, square off.