Brazil - China Preview: Menezes' men in need of convincing victory
The Selecao will be desperate to put the disappointing reaction of their supporters behind them but will need to up their game if they are to secure an emphatic win
By Tom Webber
Dani Alves, Dede, David Luiz, Marcelo
Lucas, Oscar, Neymar
L. Jianye, Y. Yang, Z. Peng, T. Miao
Z. Xuri, H. Peng, H. Junmin, L. Chao
Z. Ting, G. Lin
Brazil failed to impress their fans as they laboured to a 1-0 win over South Africa in their first full international at home in over a year, but Mano Menezes will make just one change to that team.
Having come on from the bench to score the winner against the Bafana Bafana, Hulk is awarded with a spot in the starting line-up. However, it will not come on his favoured right side with the coach opting to drop Leandro Damiao instead of Lucas Moura for the Zenit St Petersburg forward.
The defence remains the same despite looking somewhat frail against South Africa but Paulinho has been ruled out of the clash due to injury.
Jose Antonio Camacho is a few changes to the line-up that suffered a narrow 1-0 loss to Sweden last week. Tang Miao could be in line to start at right back with Zhao Xuri set to be the only survivor in midfield. Wang Dalei will continue in goal while Zhao Ting and Gao Lin are expected to lead the line for Team Dragon.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Brazil's 1-0 win over South Africa last Friday was their first game in front of their home fans, excluding the Superclasico de las Americas which was not recognised by Fifa, since June 7, 2011, when they defeated Romania 1-0.
- The last time that these two teams met was in 2003. The Selecao were held to a goalless draw in Guangzhou.
- Arouca made his international debut against South Africa, leaving Cassio (pictured right) as the only uncapped player in the squad.
- Brazil will play a third fixture at home on September 19 when they host Argentina, but only domestic-based players will be selected for the game.
- China have not won a match against a team from outside of Asia since the 1-0 win over Jamaica in August 2011.
- Team Dragon are currently placed 78th in the Fifa rankings, a full 66 spots behind Friday's opponents.
- China tasted defeat in their only other fixture against the Canarinho, which came in 2002. A 4-0 loss in Jeju came courtesy of goals from icons Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldinho.
- Camacho's men have already been eliminated from qualifying for the World Cup and thus have no chance of a return to Brazil in 2014.
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Brazil 8-0 China
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Brazil 3-0 China
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Brazil 4-0 China
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The powerful forward changed the game against South Africa with his direct and purposeful running and he will be eager to shine after taking a starting berth away from Leandro Damiao. His bulldozing, dribbling style will strike fear into the hearts of Chinese defenders and it could well play a pivotal role in the way the game goes. He is likely to begin the game playing through the middle and so will have his back-to-goal game tested somewhat. Nevertheless, he should be able to get on the scoresheet in front of the home fans once more.
The 26-year-old striker may well fancy his chances up against Dede and David Luiz if he can cope with their physical defending. Lin has not been in tremendous scoring form for his club, Guangzhou Evergande, but has netted 16 times in 55 appearances for his country. He is the third-most senior player in the China squad and will thus be relied upon for his experience against such a strong team. He will likely get some kind of a chance in the 90 minutes and, if he can put it away, could really rattle some cages at the Arruda.
Brazil should really have put more than just the one goal past South Africa on Friday and their failure to do so will make them more fired up for the visit of China. With the Asian side already eliminated from qualifying for the World Cup in 2014 they should not pose too much of a threat and if Menezes' men are to be a success, they should be sweeping a team such as this aside. But China come with no pressure on them and, having seen the potential frailties in Brazil's defence in their previous encounter, they may fancy themselves to nick a goal.
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