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Mexico's Chicharito remains on bench

FORTALEZA, Brazil — Mexican national team coach Miguel Herrera vowed to disrupt Brazil's flowing game when the regional rivals meet today, but indicated he is unlikely to make room for Manchester United striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez into the lineup after winning the opening match.

Hernandez came on in the 74th minute against Cameroon, replacing goalscorer Oribe Peralta in Friday's 1-0 victory in Natal.

"People can get heated up because they want to see Javier on the pitch, but they also understand that we need to use the best 11 at our disposal," he said on Monday. (Hernandez) has had a difficult season … and he had a wonderful game when he came on. He gives us options."

Hernandez said Mexico should play to win, without reservation.

"If you aspire to do great things, you have to beat the best," he said.

Protest against U.S.: Demonstrators burned a U.S. flag near the stadium in Natal where Vice President Joe Biden attended the U.S.-Ghana game. Protesters also burned a flag of FIFA, soccer's world governing body, and shouted against "imperialism." The protest drew only a few dozen about a mile from the stadium.

Police case: Police in Rio de Janeiro were investigating the case of a policeman who appears to have fired a live round at anti-World Cup protesters Sunday. Rio state's military police say the officer presented has been taken off duty pending the investigation. It is not clear if any protesters were hurt by the shot he reportedly fired.

Others impress Messi: Lionel Messi doesn't count Argentina among the best teams so far. The Argentina captain said his team made too many mistakes in its 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina, including starting the game with two attackers instead of three. "I think the best teams in the in first games were the Netherlands and Germany," Messi said. "But I think there are still teams that haven't shown what they can do and it's difficult to draw conclusions from a single match. I think as the tournament goes on they will improve."

Injury updates: Brazilian striker Hulk (left leg) missed training again and remained doubtful for today's match against Mexico. … Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi (neck) sat out training, and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (left ankle) and fullback Mattia De Sciglio (pulled muscle) remained out.

Mexico's Chicharito remains on bench 06/16/14 [Last modified: Monday, June 16, 2014 10:49pm]
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