Gilette Brasil Global Tour
November 17, 2013 12:30 AM GMT
Hard Rock Stadium — Miami Gardens, Florida
Referee:‬ D. Gantar‎
Attendance:‬ 71124‎
Bernard 22′
Dante 55′
Maicon 66′
Willian 70′
Hulk 74′

Honduras-Brazil Preview: Robinho returns after two-year absence

The AC Milan attacker has not played for the Selecao since 2011 while young Paris Saint-Germain star Marquinhos will be hoping to make his debut

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Brazil meet Honduras for the first time in 10 years at the Sun Life Stadium in the Gillette International Soccer Series.

Luiz Felipe Scolari's men take on the Central American outfit in Miami on Saturday evening as they step up preparations for the first World Cup to be held in Brazil for 64 years.

Robinho returns to the squad for the first time since 2011, as does Chelsea star Willian. Marquinhos has received his first international call-up and is hoping to make his Selecao debut.

Scolari has an array of attacking talent to choose from despite being without injured Fluminense striker Fred, including Barcelona attacker Neymar and Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk.

A number of players will be looking to stake their claim for a spot in the World Cup, with Paris Saint-Germain defender Maxwell among them.

The 32-year-old looks set to fill in at left-back in the absence of injured Real Madrid man Marcelo (knee), and will be eager to take his chance in the hope of appearing at a World Cup for the first time.

Thiago Silva has been training alone this week but hopes to be involved, as does Dani Alves who limped out of training with a knock yesterday.

Brazil will be considered favourites for the clash, having lost just one of the five meetings between the two countries.

But Scolari's men will need to be wary of a side that beat Mexico to third place to seal automatic qualification for the World Cup in the final stage of Concacaf qualifying.

Luis Fernando Suarez's men lost just three of their 10 games in the last round of qualifying, and in Jerry Bengtson and Carlos Costly they boast two talented strikers.

The duo scored 16 goals between them during qualification, but may have difficulty finding the net against a Brazil defence that has been stout in recent times.

Scolari's charges conceded only three goals in the Confederations Cup in June and will be confident of keeping Honduras at bay after seeing their back line breached only twice in their last five outings.
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