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Favoritism means nothing: Casemiro


Brazil may be the hot favorite to beat Mexico and advance to the World Cup quarterfinals but midfielder Casemiro pointed to the already departed Germans as proof that, in soccer, favoritism counts for nothing.

Brazil faces Mexico in Samara on Monday but the Real Madrid midfielder said the five-time champions are taking nothing for granted, especially after seeing reigning champion Germany, the joint favorite before the tournament began, finish bottom of its group.

“This favoritism comes from you,” he told reporters at Brazil’s training center on Friday.

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