World Cup in brief

Mexico have plan to stifle Brazil
MEXICO captain Rafael Marquez is confident his team can cope with Brazil’s holy trinity in tonight’s second Group A match. He said: “It will surely be a very difficult game, we know the talent of Neymar, Oscar, Hulk, but we will train in ways to handle them.”

Russia have point to prove
RUSSIA defender Vasili Berezutski has urged his team to justify their place among the elite as they end 12 years in the World Cup wilderness against South Korea tonight. He said: “We have things to prove in this World Cup.”

Great expectations for Hazard
BELGIUM coach Marc Wilmots has challenged playmaker Eden Hazard to shine on the biggest stage of all when his team play Algeria today. Wilmots said: “He can be among the five best in the world. It’s up to him to release the handbrake.”