Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brazil Looking to Turn on Style

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brazil Looking to Turn on Style

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Byline: JOHN GIBSON

BRAZIL'S players know there is more at stake than just a place in the World Cup's last 16 when the hosts take on Cameroon in their final group match tonght.

A draw will guarantee Brazil a place in the first round of the knockout stages, where they will face either Holland or Chile, while a win will likely see Luiz Felipe Scolari's side go through as group winners.

Mexico could still progress as group winners if they beat Croatia and either better Brazil's goal difference, which is currently superior by one, or match the hosts' goal difference and triumph on goals scored - where they currently trail Brazil by two. Mathematical permutations aside, Brazil should have no problems against Cameroon, who are yet to register either a point or a goal in the tournament.

Volker Finke's players have been plagued by problems off the pitch - the team initially refused to go to Brazil due to a row over bonuses.

The only damage they have inflicted on it was when Benoit Assou-Ekotto headbutted team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo during their 4-0 defeat to Croatia. …

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