Brazil vs. Chile team sheet

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Brazil defender David Luiz has overcome a back injury to make the Selecao's starting XI for what promises to be an intriguing last 16 clash with Chile, as the World Cup knockout stages get started in style with a battle between South American rivals in Belo Horizonte.

Luiz was Selecao coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's only major worry ahead of the Saturday evening showdown, but Paris Saint-Germain's new £48m superstar has passed a fitness test to partner Thiago Silva in the centre of defence.

Hulk was also forced out of Brazil's Group A meeting with Mexico with a muscle strain, although the physical forward returned to face Cameroon and takes up a familiar role out wide again today.

Chile also have a relative clean bill of health and can call upon a number of stars who rested for the final Group B clash against Holland with qualification secured, including midfield maestro Arturo Vidal, a player Arsenal and Manchester United are both following with serious interest.

Expect a commitment to attack from both sides judging from the team line-ups, which are as follows: 

Brazil: Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo, Luis Gustavo, Fernandinho, Neymar, Oscar, Hulk, Fred

Chile: Bravo (c), Mena, Isla, Silva, Sanchez, Vidal, Vargas, Medel, Jara, Aranguiz, Dias 

Scolari has sprung one surprise in a familiar team selection as he brings in Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho for Tottenham Hotspur star Paulinho, who has come in for criticism for his performances in the group stages.

With Chile easily one of the best supported sides in Brazil you can expect quite at atmosphere at the Estadio Mineirao, with the pressure on for stars like Neymar and Alexis Sanchez to make the difference in a clash where familiarity has definitely bred contempt in recent years.

Neymar has clocked up four goals in three games and so far comped comfortably with the spotlight of leading Brazil's World Cup charge at the tender age of 22.

The knockout stages offer a very different type of challenge though, one that could well be decided by which Barcelona star performs.

Sanchez has looked sensational and so have Chile for that matter, staying committed to Marcelo Bielsa's philosophy and a high-pressure style that is very risky but potentially hugely rewarding.


The last nine matches between these two teams have produced an average of 3.6 goals per game, expect the 10th and most prestigious to be no different thanks to the space afforded by Chile's entertaining tactical approach.

Brazil will be tested to the full but have the quality behind Fred in the final third to take advantage, although both the much-criticised striker and Hulk have to do better to take the burden off Neymar to some extent.

Chile are more than capable of getting on the scoresheet but progress has been marred by defensive frailties in the past, expect Brazil to expose those flaws and grind out a hugely-important 2-1 victory.

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