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  • 27 June 2013
  • • 00:30
  • • Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
  • Referee: E. Osses
  • • Attendance: 57483
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Brazil-Uruguay Preview: Neymar and Cavani top semi-final billing

Brazil-Uruguay Preview: Neymar and Cavani top semi-final billing

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The Selecao continue their quest for a third straight Confederations Cup title with a last-four showdown against Oscar Tabarez's side in Belo Horizonte


Brazil defender David Luiz is available for Wednesday's last-four clash against Uruguay after recovering from a bruised leg.

Midfielder Paulinho is set to return to the starting XI after missing the 4-2 win over Italy with an ankle injury, but Bernard (foot) is a doubt.

Hulk is expected to start ahead of Lucas Moura in attack, despite failing to impress in the group stage.

Uruguay captain Diego Lugano returns after serving a one-match ban for accumulating two yellow cards, but fellow defender Andres Scotti is ruled out after getting sent off in the 8-0 win over Tahiti.

Coach Oscar Tabarez is likely to persist with the attacking trio of Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani despite Abel Hernandez's four-goal haul against the Pacific islanders.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Brazil are on a four-match winning run and are unbeaten in their last nine.
  • The Selecao have won their last two encounters with Uruguay, including a 4-0 thumping in a World Cup qualifier in June 2009.
  • Luiz Felipe Scolari's first-ever match in charge of Brazil ended in a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in July 2001.
  • Uruguay have won four of their last five international fixtures.
  • The two-time world champions have registered just one victory in their last seven encounters against South American opponents (W1, D2, L4).
  • It is 63 years since Uruguay's famous 'Maracanazo' victory, when they defeated hosts Brazil 2-1 in the World Cup final of 1950.
  • Luis Suarez (pictured, right) scored his 35th and 36th goals for Uruguay in the win over Tahiti to replace Diego Forlan at the top of the all-time scorers' list.

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12Julio CésarGoalkeeper
2Daniel AlvesDefender
3Thiago SilvaDefender
4David LuizDefender
6MarceloDefender
10OscarMidfielder
17Luiz GustavoMidfielder
18PaulinhoMidfielder
9FredStriker
10NeymarStriker
12HulkStriker
1JeffersonGoalkeeper
-Diego Cavalieri
13DanteDefender
-Filipe Luis
-Réver
-Fernando
7LucasMidfielder
8HernanesMidfielder
-Jean
20BernardMidfielder
-Jadson
21Striker
1Néstor Muslera MicolGoalkeeper
2Diego LuganoDefender
3Diego GodínDefender
16Maxi PereiraDefender
22Martín CáceresDefender
7Cristian RodríguezMidfielder
17E. ArévaloMidfielder
20Alvaro GonzalezMidfielder
9Luis SuárezStriker
10Diego ForlánStriker
21Edinson CavaniStriker
-J. Castillo
23M. SilvaGoalkeeper
4Sebastián CoatesDefender
6Á. PereiraMidfielder
13M. AguirregarayDefender
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
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14N. LodeiroMidfielder
15Diego PérezMidfielder
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