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Game On: Lineups and talking points for Brazil vs. Chile

Jun 28, 2014, 11:05 AM EST

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We all had a day of rest yesterday, but now, the World Cup is back. Is it better than ever? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see.

The knockout stage kicks off with a pretty big match-up: CONMEBOL foes Brazil and Chile face off for the right to head to the quarter-finals. Brazil hold the historical edge, and in fact defeated la roja 1-0 at this stage in 2010. But Chile’s attack has looked quite potent, at least through the first two games, and their ability to get behind Brazil’s defense should not be underestimated.

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LINEUPS

Brazil: Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho, Oscar; Neymar, Hulk, Fred.

Chile: Bravo; Silva, Medel, Jara; Isla, Aranguiz, Diaz, Mena; Vidal; Sánchez, Vargas.

Talking points

Will the blame fall on the officials? 
English referee Howard Webb takes charge of this match, and fortunately, he’s a man used to pressure. He’ll be under plenty of it in Belo Horizonte. After Brazil saw two rather generous calls go their way in the first round – the awarding of a penalty to Fred in the first game, and allowing his goal to stand despite looking rather offside in the third game – Chile decided to speak out about the need for balanced officiating in today’s match. Then Brazil fought back, accusing Chile of “disrespect.”

The pressure’s on – any decision made by Webb and his officiating team will certainly be scrutinized from every angle.

Can Chile press hard enough to cause Brazil to collapse?
Chile couldn’t quite find the right combination to unlock the Netherlands defense, eventually losing 2-0. But despite the fact that this Brazil attack isn’t quite as potent as recent years, they’re still not going to sit back as Holland did in the final group game. Chile will continue their high-pressing style, hoping to cause Brazil to crack. Will we see another own-goal from the hosts?

Expectation
Well, for the Selecao to win, of course. They’re the hosts, they have Neymar, they’re tipped to lift the cup. So their midfield has looked a bit weak, their defense a bit shaky – no one’s counting Brazil out just yet.

One blogger’s prediction
I’ve failed to provide the correct answer each time I’ve been asked to make one. I’m completely serious. But since I’d like Chile to advance, I’m going to go ahead and say Brazil win this one.*

*This never works. If I am conscious of jinxing, a reverse jinx occurs. Sorry, Chile.

  1. anonymous135 - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    “But Chile’s attack has looked quite potent, at least through the first two games…”

    Did you not watch the third game vs the Dutch? They had their chances.. A great offense was met with a better defense, good goal tending, missed opportunities and calls.

    • Kirsten Schlewitz - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Ha, try to avoid criticism of people yelling about THEY DIDN’T SCORE during Netherlands, and get it the opposite way ;)
      Yep, I watched. Just talking about their ability to get through tight defending, like the Dutch, as opposed to what might be some weak links in Brazil’s – more like Spain and Australia.

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