[/mt_one_half] Stamford Bridge | International Friendly | 25 Mar 13 | Brasil Global Tour | Kick Off: 7.30 pm
By: Prathik Sunku
Stamford Bridge will witness a competitive international fixture on as powerhouse Brazil will face the Russian top eleven.
In their past 5 encounters, Brazil has won only one match where as Russia has lost only one. Both their previous matches were a victory of 4 goals to nil. Brazil won 4-0 against Japan and Russia won 4-0 against Israel.
Brazil recently drew 2-2 against Italy when a Mario Balotelli inspired Italy came back from a two goals deficit. So, the task is cut out for the Samba boys when they take on the Russians.
Changes are expected in the Brazilian line up for this game.
The recent team news for Russia included a surprise visit from their striker Andrei Arshavin. The ex captain visited the training camp despite lack of call up.
As a build up to the match, Italian Andrea Barzagli has stated that compatriot Mario Balotelli is much better player than Neymar. Well, many are under the fact that the young Brazilian star who is compared to players like Ronaldo and Messi is not performing as expected.
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Probable starting line ups:
Brazil: Cesar, Alves, Luiz, Silva, Marcelo, Oscar, Gustavo, Hernanes, Kaka, Diego Costa, Neymar
Russia: Akinfeev, Anyukov, Ignashevich, Berezutski, Kombarov, Shirokov, Denisov, Faizulin, Bystrov, Kerzhakov