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Luiz Felipe Scolari admits Chile could beat Brazil

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Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is wary of the threat posed by their round of last 16 opponents Chile, after victory against Cameroon sealed top spot in Group A, according to the Daily Mirror.

Two Neymar strikes either side of Joel Matip's silencing equaliser set the Selecao on their way, before Fred announced himself to the tournament with his first goal just after half time. Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho came on to add a fourth.  Now they must take on Chile in the first knockout phase match for the third time in the last five World Cup's, with Brazil winning the previous two at France '98 and South Africa 2010 by comfortable three-goal margins. 

Chile's ability

However, the Chileans have received plaudits from all around the world for their style of play in their opening two group games before yesterday's defeat at the hands of Louis van Gaal's Netherlands. Juventus playmaker Arturo Vidal has already insisted his nation can overcome their Brazilian hoodoo in the last 16 - and Scolari admitted he would have preferred European opposition in the last 16. 

"I managed Brazil against Chile twice, so I know how good they are," said the 2002 World Cup-winning manager. 

"They have a lot of quality. If I could choose, I would choose another opponent. South American sides are always tough."

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Those words will encourage his opposite number Jorge Samapaoli, who has already masterminded a comprehensive 2-0 victory of reigning world champions Spain in Brazil. 

The host nation - who just happen to regard their land as the spiritual home of football following five World Cup victories - playing in front of a partisan crowd will be an entirely different challenge altogether, however, especially with 22-year-old Neymar within their armoury. 

Neymar's threat

The Barcelona forward has already notched four goals in his three tournament games so far, currently making him the highest scorer of the competition. His goal-scoring record for Brazil will be enough to give Samapaoli sleepless nights in the build up.

Neymar himself, though, is also under no illusion that facing Chile will mean an easy passage into the quarter finals. 

"It'll ve a very tough game," he said.

"A lot of big teams have suffered. There aren't any weak teams here." 

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