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  • 23 June 2014
  • • 21:00
  • • Estádio Nacional de Brasília, Brasília, Distrito Federal
  • Referee: J. Eriksson
  • • Attendance: 69112

Cameroon - Brazil Preview: Selecao aiming to top Group A

Cameroon - Brazil Preview: Selecao aiming to top Group A

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Luiz Felipe Scolari's men will be hoping to secure their spot as group winners and rediscover their attacking verve against the already eliminated Indomitable Lions

By Stefan Coerts in Brasilia

Brazil somewhat surprisingly dropped two points against Mexico in their last outing as coach Luiz Felipe Scolari went for a slightly more cautious approach than in their opener against Croatia, with Ramires taking the place of Hulk on the right wing after the Zenit man was deemed unfit to start.

The Ramires experiment was not as successful as Scolari would have hoped, however, and one of either Bernard or Hulk is expected to start in the Selecao’s final group game, with the Shakhtar winger in pole position for the berth.

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Two other players who have come in for criticism following some underwhelming performances are midfielder Paulinho and striker Fred, with Hernanes and Jo waiting for their chance.

Nevertheless, Scolari has proven to be fairly loyal toward his players in his second spell as Brazil boss and he is unlikely to sacrifice one of the two ahead of the match versus Cameroon.

Cameroon coach Volker Finke, meanwhile, will have some serious selection headaches after two disastrous performances against Mexico and Croatia. The Indomitable Lions will be without the suspended Alex Song following his red card in the loss to Croatia, with Jean Il Makoun possibly taking his place in midfield.

Finke is also expected to leave out Benoit Assou-Ekotto following his on-pitch attack on team-mate Ben Moukandjo, and Henri Bedimo is likely to take his place at left-back.

Up front, Cameroon will be hopeful that star striker Samuel Eto’o returns to the fold after missing their disastrous defeat versus Croatia due to injury. Whether the experienced striker makes it remains to be seen, but Finke is hopeful his main dangerman will be available again.

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