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Brazil-Mexico winner probably headed to knockout round of World Cup
Brazil-Mexico winner probably headed to knockout round of World Cup

Because of pretzel logic unique to FIFA, one World Cup team could virtually clinch a berth in the round of 16 before two others lace up their boots for the first time. The second of three games Tuesday pairs Brazil with Mexico. Both opened with victories. If they avoid a draw, whoever wins safely can book plans for the knockout phase. Then Russia and South Korea, who have been twiddling their toes for almost a week, can tuck them into their soccer shoes and finally go to work. The other Group H members, Belgium and Algeria, lead off the day. This foursome, by consensus and most analytics, comprises the weakest of the tournament. That explains why Belgium is the wise-guy pick to surface...

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