London 2012: Men's Football: Brazil vs New Zealand Preview

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Olympics: Brazil vs New Zealand Preview
London, Aug 1: Having failed to win in their five Olympic matches, Neil Emblen's New Zealand team will need a miracle to clinch three points against the unbeaten and favourites Brazil. The two sides lock horns today in their Group C clash at London 2012 played at the St. James' Park, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in England.

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The Samba Boys coach Mano Menezes could rest some of his stars after sealing a quarter-final berth. Players like Lucas Moura and Leandro Damaio could start while key players like Oscar, Neymar, Sandro and Romelu could be rested.

Brazil has never won gold at the games despite being one of the top football teams but they seem to be heading in the right direction after consecutive wins against Egypt and Belarus while the Kiwis drew their match against Egypt but lost to Belarus.

The last time these two sides met, Brazil thrashed New Zealand 5-0. The Kiwis will have to hope against hope due to the fact that they have never won a game against the mighty Brazilians. However, The Samba Boys shaky defence is their only plus point to have any hopes of going through.

While the Brazilians have tormented their opponents in every game, and with New Zealand being the weakest team in the group, Brazil are clear favourites to beat them and top the group.

Santos striker Neymar has been sensational so far at the games including new chelsea signing Oscar. The trio including Hulk are a formidable striker force in front of goal.

New Zealand's West Brom striker Chris Wood is the only goalscorer for his side and will hope to upset the shaky Brazilian defence.

Brazil: Neto-Rafael, Silva, Juan, Marcelo-Sandro, Romelu-Lucas-Damaio, Neymar, Hulk.

New Zealand: O'Keeffe-Payne, Smith, Nelsen, Hogg-Barbarouses, Thomas, McGlinchey, Rojas-Wood, Smeltz.

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