'Brazil still favourites'
Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani Wednesday insisted Brazil were still favourites for the World Cup despite their disappointing 0-0 draw with Mexico.
Neymar-led Brazil were repeatedly denied by inspired Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in a result which prompted worries about the capabilities of Luiz Felipe Scolari's team.
But Cavani, who counts Brazilian captain Thiago Silva, and squad members Maxwell and Lucas, among his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates, backed the five-time champions to bounce back.
"Brazil are still the favourites because of the way they play, and they are the team which has won the World Cup five times," he said.
"They're still the favourites. They have wonderful players who are more than ready to cope with this kind of situation."
However, manager Oscar Tabarez downplayed any expectations of a repeat of the 1950 decider, when Uruguay stunned Brazil 2-1 at the newly built Maracana stadium.
"We never had that aim," said Tabarez, whose team lost their first game and will play England on Thursday, when asked about a potential rematch in the final.
"Our aim was to be a difficult team to beat and that is still our objective now. Our main objective is to win against England and try to remain in the championship."