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- Brazil kept a clean sheet despite being reduced to 10-men against Ivory Coast.
- The Selecao scored four against Germany.
- Saudi Arabia are already out after two defeats
Brazil can finish group stages in style
Brazil take on Saudi Arabia in their final Group D fixture at the Olympics knowing a victory would see them finish as group winners.
The Selecao made a real statement in their tournament opener as they overcame Germany 4-2, but were then held to a 0-0 draw by the Ivory Coast.
The South Americans were reduced to 10-men early on against Les Elephants as Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz was dismissed after just 12 minutes and if they can keep their full complement on the pitch against the Saudis they should be able to claim a fairly comfortable victory.
With Germany and Ivory Coast playing each other it would take an extraordinary set of circumstances for Brazil to fail to qualify, but as their place in the next round isn’t assured we expect coach Andre Jardine to name close to his best XI.
Saudi Arabia may be pointless and already eliminated but they have shown they are not there simply to make up the numbers after a 3-2 defeat to the Germans last time out, but they may find Brazil a step up in class too far.
Brazil kept a clean sheet against the Ivory Coast despite their numerical disadvantage and we feel they can do the same on Wednesday, and a 3-0 victory appeals as the Saudis have conceded five goals in their two games so far against sides with less quality in attack than Brazil have at their disposal.