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Arturo Vidal confident ahead of Brazil showdown

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Chile's Arturo Vidal believes his nation are finally well equipped enough to end a shocking sequence of results against Brazil when the two countries meet in the World Cup last 16 this weekend.

The host nation narrowly secured top spot in Group A on goal difference thanks to a 4-1 rout of Cameroon on Monday - meaning their first knockout phase opponents will be their fellow South American's, who finally succumbed to their first defeat of the tournament earlier on in the day against Louis van Gaal's Netherlands. 

Vidal was rested for the final group encounter against the Dutch because of a recurring knee problem that required worryingly close to the tournament's opening, but he admitted he would not miss the meeting with Brazil "for the world". 

Juve's midfield maestro said: "I'll play the round of 16 match on Saturday. Brazil has often been Chile's nemesis but football changes, new generations come and new players appear. 

"I wouldn't miss it for the world."

The Chileans have been knocked out of the competition by their last 16 opponents twice in recent times, at France '98 where the Brazilians eased to a 4-1 victory at the Parc des Princes, as well as a recently as the last World Cup in South Africa.

That time around, victory was just as comfortable for the Selecao as it was 16 years ago. Goals from Juan, Luis Fabiano and former Manchester City striker Robinho took the five-time winners into the quarter finals. 

Having started that match in Johannesburg four years ago Vidal is all too aware of the threat the hosts - who will be roared on by raucous home support - will pose to his side's chances of making their first quarter final since they finished third in their own tournament in 1962. 

"Beating Brazil? That is our dream," Vidal added. "Chile can create a surprise. We've beaten the world champions, so we can beat Brazil." 

Despite topping their own group, the hosts have been far from impressive so far. In the opening game of the tournament they were reliant on a dubious Neymar penalty that significantly helped them dispose of Croatia, before missed opportunities and a world-class display from Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa meant a stalemate in Fortaleza. 

They markedly improved against Cameroon on Monday but were once again undone defensively at 1-0 and had to rely on boy wonder Neymar to dig them out of another hole. It goes without saying that their number 10 is by far their biggest threat - and with 35 goals in 52 games for his country, it is easy to see why. 

His brilliant brace last night saw him enter into the top 60 international goal scorers of all time, at just 22 years old. 

While Vidal is quietly confident of causing an upset that could potentially send the host nation into a meltdown, the vigorously entertaining Jorge Sampaoli may well be having sleepless nights wondering how his Chilean back line are going to go about halting the Neymar express. 

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