Johannesburg: Brazil will clash against South American rivals Chile in their pre-quarter knockout match at Johannesburg today.
The Samba boys after being held to a 0-0 draw in their last
group match against Portugal will be eyeing a spot in the
quarter-final stage when they take on Chile.
The Brazilians have found it tough to find goals against teams defending in numbers like Korea and Portugal despite dominating possession, Chile will be a stiff opposition for the Brazilians to find a goal as well. Former World Player of the Year, Kaka will be back in the team after his red-card against Ivory Coast.
Elano is fit to return on the right of midfield after missing the last group match against Portugal with an ankle injury.
Chile on the other side will be without the services of Marco
Estrada, sent off against Spain, and suspended duo Waldo Ponce and
They will have to defend like the way they did against the Spanish side when even down to ten men they managed to keep the European champions at bay.
In the last five years, Chile have lost seven matches in a row and conceded 26 goals in the process against the Samba boys. They have also lost their only two World Cup meetings against Brazil—4-2 in the semi-finals at the 1962 World Cup, which they hosted, and 4-1 in the second round at France in 1998.
The Chile side unlike Korea DPR and other teams which play defensive strategy against big teams is likely to have a more positive approach towards the game. The team however needs to balance well and make sure that they don't make silly mistakes if they are to make progress through to the next round.
Players to watch out for
Chile: Humberto Suazo, Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sánchez
Brazil: Luis Fabiano, Elano, kaka