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Mexico's 'Grand Warlock' casts World Cup spell to help team

AFP  |  Mexico City 

With the help of two priestesses and a rain stick shaped like an ancient Mesoamerican god, Mexico's "Grand Warlock" cast a spell to help the nation at

-- better known as "Mayor," a soothsayer famed for his annual predictions on politics and the -- invoked the plumed serpent god Quetzalcoatl, worshipped by the Aztecs and other pre-Columbian peoples, to get the Mexican national team to at least the quarter-finals in

"Give me all your force and power to break through heaven's doors, let reach the fifth match. Quetzalcoatl, let it be so," he said, his long white beard standing out against his green jersey.

make their debut against reigning champions in Group F, hoping to make it past quarter-finals for the first time.

"El Tri" have never beaten at the tournament, but Vazquez brimmed with optimism.

"We will at the very least have a 0-0 draw, or a 1-0 win for Mexico," he said.

Vazquez also ventured a prediction on the winner: Brazil, or

"A Latin team will be champion," he said.

However, is not exactly known for his infallibility.

In 2016, he predicted would lose the US Republican primary election, for example.

He has also been known to change his predictions: in January, he had predicted would defeat to win this year's

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 10:25 IST