[ad#m1] Date: 15 June 2013, Venue: Mane Garrincha stadium (Estadio Nacional), Brasilia
Brazil and Japan, the only two sides to have qualified for the FIFA World Cup next year till now, will kick off the Confederations Cup in Brasilia.
Having won the friendly against France in an emphatic manner, the Selecao have warmed up nicely to the task on hand. They might be entering the competition by default and their current FIFA rankings might not be ‘dazzling’ to many but the attacking threat of Scolari’s side cannot be undermined.
A win for Brazil seems must as they are supposedly playing their easiest tie in the group, a group which includes Italy and Mexico besides the two sides.
But Japan are more than capable of causing a set back and also score goals with exciting attacking options in Kagawa, Honda and Okazaki. The Manchester United midfielder is confident of his side’s chances after a successful qualification from Asia. Pre match, Kagawa sais, ‘Our opponents are all excellent teams, so this will be a good gauge of how we can perform away from home with a year to go until the World Cup. We need this sort of preparation, and I want to see how we handle the atmosphere and how far we can go. We’re going there to win, so the question will be how we can achieve that. That’s my mind-set going into this tournament.’
The last time these two sides met in Poland, Brazil smashed four goals and won 4-0 with a brace from Neymar. The highlights of the same can be seen below.
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Probable Starting Lineups
Brazil – Cesar, Alves, Luiz, Silva, Marcelo, Gustavo, Paulinho, Hulk, Oscar, Neymar, Fred
Japan – Kawashima, Uchida, Konno, Yoshida, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Endo, Okazaki, Honda, Kagawa, Maeda