Goalie Alisson, midfielders Casemiro and Philippe Countinho and forward Neymar were all on the pitch at the 2009 Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup group match when Brazil took on Switzerland.
Looking cumbersome and slow, Hummels and Boateng had little support as their holding midfielders Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos joined the attack, leaving the pair to battle against two or even three opponents at a time.
In revitalising the side and finding the right blend, he ensured they were the first South American side to reach Russian Federation 2018.
Switzerland is healthy and ready to go in this one, but the team's lack of ability in the final third means it's going to have to be near ideal to pull this one off. "In any case, he is in a suitable state to play", Tite said. "We have to try and get more shots off, then we won't run into as many problems".
Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0 thanks to a brilliant Aleksandar Kolarov free-kick in Samara in the first game of the day.
According to Opta, Neymar became the most fouled player in a World Cup game since England's Alan Shearer against Tunisia in 1998, the Selecao striker having been illegally halted by Switzerland 10 times throughout the game.
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Brazil wasted several chances to snatch a victor late in the game, and centre-back Thiago Silva acknowledged the team could have been more clinical in attack.
Mexico only lost one game in qualifying and have reached at least the second round of every World Cup they have played. "I hope that this time we'll be the ones coming away with the big result".
Germany forward Thomas Muller says there is a special motivation to defend the World Cup title.
Seeking defensive reinforcement, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio brought on 39-year-old veteran Rafael Marquez to play in his fifth World Cup. Dunga's thinking behind the decision was that the defender was too emotionally led during the penalty shoot-out against Chile and he wanted a captain who was more level headed.
The game slowed down a bit after the opening goal as Switzerland controlled the flow of the game and Brazil seemed content to sit back in defence.
"Willian is going to be the best player at the tournament, alongside Neymar".