Natal: Mexico skipper Rafael Marquez believes the Aztecs can end a near three-decade absence from the quarter-finals and go on to challenge for the World Cup itself.
Mexico's forward Javier Hernandez. Pic/AFP
Mexico host Cameroon at Estadio das Dunas in Natal today looking for three points that will be crucial if they are to head confidently into further Group A games against hosts Brazil and Croatia.
Despite a shaky qualifying campaign and recent friendly losses to Bosnia and Portugal, veteran defender Marquez says confidence, thanks to coach Miguel Herrera, is brimming in the Mexico camp where there is a strong belief they can go all the way and win their first World Cup, 28 years after their last quarter-finals appearance.
"This is a window for all of us, for many of the players it's a huge opportunity to raise their level and for others to see us play," 35-year-old Marquez told reporters yesterday.
"You don't get many chances to do that. That's what I always tell the lads. Our group is strong and in our minds we believe we can make it all the way to the finals and make history," added Marquez, who is appearing in his fourth World Cup finals.