TERESOPOLIS, Brazil – Everybody knows Neymar is in charge of Brazil's attack at the World Cup. Now it's also clear that Oscar is the man commanding the midfield.
Neymar was voted man of the match in the opener against Croatia, but Oscar also received a lot of the praise for his performance, helping erase lingering doubts about who should be playing in the middle for Brazil.
As the hosts prepare to face Mexico, few people are questioning whether Oscar should be in the lineup, a different scenario than before Brazil made its World Cup debut.
Oscar silenced his critics by scoring a goal and helping set up another in Thursday's opener.
He said he never worried about being benched and knew from the beginning that coach Luiz Felipe Scolari trusted him.