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"We have to leave to one side everything we did wrong against Sweden and analyse everything positive we can to take into this game, which many of my teammates have said is the game of our lives", he said.

"A team is made up of players who have no greater importance than another, but different characteristics", Tite said after last night's win over Serbia.

Marcelo lasted a mere 10 minutes against Serbia before being forced off because of a back injury, and Brazil's team doctor has revealed how the injury may have been caused.

Marcelo (left) was substituted due to a freaky injury in Brazil's 2-0 win over Serbia.

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Yet a troubled start for Germany means the Group G victor risks coming across either the defending champions or a feared Brazil earlier in the knockout rounds.

"It is still too early to make an accurate diagnosis". "Maybe it was the hotel's mattress, which was a bit more soft than usual".

Dr Lasmar said that as long as a serious injury didn't emerge, he would treat Marcelo's pain in order to prepare him for the Mexico game.

Marcelo missed three Real Madrid matches due to a hamstring injury in February but has otherwise been largely injury free in recent years.

"We have a very good example of Germany, with all the players they have - they were favourites in the beginning of the World Cup and didn't go beyond the first phase".

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"They were muscle spasms".

"There is no recovery period".

Mexico face Brazil in a round-of-16 clash in Samara on Monday, and Guardado issued his appeal amid criticism of Neymar for going to ground easily during the tournament.

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