2014 World Cup hosts Brazil go into the last 16 facing a dangerous Chile side that has already caused a major upset and Felipe Scolari will want to ensure his side doesn’t become another shock casualty.
Brazil head for the second round match in Belo Horizonte as firm favourites but there can be no doubt that Chile are a potential banana skin for Neymar and co who have not always been as convincing as bookmakers’ odds suggest. The 3-1 victory against Croatia in the opening game of the World Cup flattered the hosts although consideration can be given to the enormous expectations on the Brazilian players. The nation’s talisman, Neymar calmed nerves when equalising Marcelo’s early own goal and after hitting home a rather generous second half penalty decision, Brazil were able to take advantage as Croatia chased the game and Oscar made the score look easy with a goal in the last minute.
Mexico proved tough opponents in the next game which finished 0-0 and put a question mark over Brazil’s ability to top the group as demanded by their fanatical support. Neymar stepped up again to score twice in the first half, either side of Matip’s goal for Cameroon in the final group game. Fred and Fernandhino added two more in the second half as Brazil claimed top spot with a flourish.
Chile made light work of beating Australia 3-1 in their first game and effectively put Spain out of World Cup 2014 in the next. Reeling from a 5-1 thrashing against Netherlands in the first game, the holders were subject to more misery when Eduardo Vargas and Charles Araguiz scored to give Chile a thoroughly deserved win. Netherlands proved to good in the final game to decide the Group B winners but it took the Dutch until the 77th minute to make a breakthrough before going on to beat Chile 2-0.
Alexis Sanchez is regarded as the dangerman for Chile but the team has been popping up with goals from all positions. Conversely, Brazil will have struggled without the four goals contributed by Neymar and he is without doubt the game change changer in this fixture.
2014 World Cup Matches
Brazil W D W Chile W W L
2014 World Cup Goal Scorers
Neymar – 4 Goals (0 Penalties, 2 First Goalscorer)
Fred – 1 Goal (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Oscar – 1 Goal (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Fernandhino – 1 Goal (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Aranguiz – 1 Goal (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Beausajour – 1 Goal (0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Sanchez – 1 Goal ( 0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Valdivia – 1 Goal ( 0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
Vargas – 1 Goal ( 0 Penalties, 0 First Goalscorer)
2014 Word Cup Goal Assists
Oscar - 2
Luiz Gustavo – 1
David Luiz – 1
Ramires – 1
Marcelo - 1
Aranguiz – 1
Sanchez – 1
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