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  • June 28, 2014
  • • 17:00
  • • Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 57714
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Brazil - Chile Preview: Hosts are unbeaten in 12 years against Sampaoli's men

Brazil - Chile Preview: Hosts are unbeaten in 12 years against Sampaoli's men

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A World Cup qualifier in 2000 was the last time La Roja defeated the Selecao but, having already ousted Spain from the tournament, they could spring another surprise

Brazil will hope to extend their impressive record against Chile as the two teams meet in the last 16 of the World Cup at Estadio Mineirao on Saturday.

The Selecao are unbeaten against their South American rivals since a World Cup qualifier in 2000 and have won 10 of their last 12 meetings with La Roja, but face a Chile side who have already sent Spain packing in this competition.

Brazil boss Luis Felipe Solari said when the original World Cup draw was made that he hoped Chile would be knocked out in the group stages as did not fancy facing the South American side in the second round, a comment which raised eyebrows given the alternatives were 2010 winners Spain and finalists Netherlands.

But Jorge Sampaoli's side advance after beating both Australia and Spain, before losing the Group B decider to the Dutch in their last match.

Brazil, meanwhile, topped Group A after wins over Croatia and Cameroon, plus a goalless draw against Mexico.

The two teams meet for a place in the last eight against either Colombia or Uruguay, meaning there will definitely be at least one South American side in the semi-finals.

Chile reached the last four on home soil in 1962 in what was their only appearance beyond the last 16, but saw that run ended by eventual winners Brazil in a 4-2 loss.

The Selecao have also knocked out Chile in their previous two second-round appearances: a 4-1 win in 1998 and a 3-0 success in 2010.

Four Brazil players, including Neymar and Thiago Silva, have been booked in this tournament and are just one yellow card away from suspension, while Fernandinho is set to replace Paulinho in the hosts' midfield on Saturday.

For Chile, Gary Medel and Arturo Vidal missed training on Thursday afternoon, but both are expected to be fit for Saturday's game.

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Players to Watch
Neymar
Neymar
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
5 4 1 0
With four goals in three games, the Barcelona forward has been Brazil’s shining star so far at this World Cup and Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side will look to the 22-year-old for further inspiration on Saturday. Their success in this match – and this competition – depends upon him.
Alexis Sánchez
Alexis Sánchez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
4 2 0 0
Chile boast several stars in their line-up, but none are bigger than Alexis Sanchez. The Barcelona forward has been in fine form at this World Cup and will be expected to lead by example in this match. His pace and intelligent runs make him a useful outlet in attack and Chile must take advantage of their best player to have real hope of progressing.
Prediction
Both Brazil and Chile have improved since their meeting at this stage of the 2010 World Cup, when Dunga’s side beat Marcelo Bielsa’s men 3-0. This time, the Selecao are less likely to have things all their own way, but Jorge Sampaoli’s side play an attacking game and Brazil – especially playing at home – should have the weapons to advance in a tight contest.
Editor's Prediction
Brazil 2
Chile 1

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