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  • 1 August 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Referee: B. Gassama
  • • Attendance: 25201

Brazil - New Zealand Preview: Menezes' side looking for a point to win Group C

Brazil - New Zealand Preview: Menezes' side looking for a point to win Group C

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Neil Emblen's team are winless in their last five at the Olympics and need three points to have any chance of reaching the last eight against the tournament favourites


Brazil Under 23
Rafael, Silva, Juan, Marcelo
Sandro, Romelu,
Pato, Neymar, Hulk

New Zealand
  New Zealand Under 23
Payne, Smith, Nelsen, Hogg
Barbarouses, Thomas, McGlinchey, Rojas
Wood, Smeltz

After booking their place in the quarter-finals, Brazil coach Mano Menezes could rest certain players look for freshen up his squad ahead of the next round. Leandro Damaio and Lucas Moura, among others, are pushing for a recall to the starting XI.

Neil Emblen will also want to keep an air of familiarity about his team following their 1-1 draw with Egypt last time out. Chris Wood will continue to lead the line partnered by Shane Smeltz although defender James Musa and midfielder Cameron Howieson could feature for the Kiwis.

  • Following their victory over Belarus on Sunday, Brazil have qualified for the quarter-finals of the tournament.
  • Only Mano Menezes' side and Japan have a 100 per cent record after two games.
  • The Brazilians need only one point to go through to the last eight as winners of Group C.
  • In the three meetings between the two sides Brazil have recorded a victory in each game.
  • New Zealand are yet to win a game in the Olympics. A run that has stretched over five games and two tournaments.
  • West Brom striker Chris Wood (pictured right) is the All Whites sole goalscorer in the tournament after finding the net in their 1-1 draw with Egypt on Sunday.
  • Five of Neil Emblen's squad ply their trade for English clubs.
  • New Zealand need to beat Brazil in order to have any chance of progressing from the group stages of the competition.

Players to watch


Position: Attacker

Games: 6

  • 4
  • 1
  • 0
The striker has proven at this tournament why he's been linked with so many of the top clubs across Europe this summer. With two goals in his first two games, he's in excellent form and certainly has the ability to cause the New Zealand defence all sorts of problems and if he isn't kept quiet the opposition’s hopes of qualifying will be slim.

C. Wood

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Neil Emblen's side need to win this game and to do that they need strength up front. Wood showed his predatory instincts in the game against Egypt and he will need to do so again to help his side reach the last eight

Editor's Prediction

Despite having already secured their place in the quarter-finals of the tournament, expect Brazil to win this one with ease. The gulf in quality is just too much, even if Mano Menezes chooses to rest some of his key players.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Brazil U23

New Zealand U23


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

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3 - 0
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