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Brazil – Russia 25.03.2013


Brazil – Russia 25.03.2013

In their second match under the new coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil showed a better performance, but still failed to record a win as they shared spoils with Italy after squandered a two-goal lead. Scolari, who is tasked with winning the 2014 World Cup, will return to Stamford Bridge in hopes of ending the barren run at the familiar venue and the Seleccao will definitely have something to prove after allowing their last opponent come back into the game. As a result changes to the starting line-up are likely to be made, with Thiago Silva and Marcelo most likely being on the pith at the kick-off, while Luiz Gustavo and Kaka also remain serious candidates for the starting job.

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Russia have been flying high since Fabio Capello took over the coaching duties and have climbed to the top of their 2014 World Cup qualifying group. Although their last qualification match against Northern Ireland was called off due to poor weather conditions, Sbornaya Komanda still sit four points clear of Portugal and Israel and given the fact they have a game in hand they are on the verge of securing their place at the tournament finals. Russia have no injury worries, but it will be interesting to see how a squad, that consists of Russian Premier League players only, fares with 2014 World Cup hosts.

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