Brazil, U.S. ready to rumble at World Cup
Day 12, Match 27
Brazil vs. United States, Quarter-final
Date and Location
July 10, Rudolf-Harbig Stadion, Dresden, Germany
Live on CBC TV and CBCSports.ca (11:15 a.m. ET). Consult the full broadcast schedule.
What's at stake
A spot in the semifinals against France. The United States is vying for its third World Cup crown, having won the tournament in 1991 and 1999. The Americans have never failed to make it beyond the quarter-finals — they finished third in 1995, 2003 and 2007. Brazil is seeking its first World Cup title after losing to Germany in the final four years ago in China.
Setting the stage
Is this the year Brazil final breaks through and wins the World Cup?
Touted as one of the best teams in the world, the South Americans have routinely fallen short on the international stage, losing two Olympic gold medal games (both to the United States in 2004 and 2008) and the 2007 World Cup final (to Germany).
Marta and her cohorts breezed through the first round, winning all three of their games without switching out of first gear, and appear to be hitting their stride at the right time. And they will be buoyed by the fact they trashed the U.S. 4-0 the last time they met at the World Cup, in the semifinals of the 2007 tournament.
Like Brazil, the United States has a point to prove.
Many questioned the Americans' legitimacy as the top seed and No. 1 ranked team ahead of this tournament, and after labouring somewhat in its first two games the U.S. were smacked 2-1 by Sweden to finish second in Group C.
Player to watch for Brazil
Marta — The world's best player is coming off two strong games - she scored twice in a 3-0 win over Norway, and set up a goal in a 3-0 victory against Equatorial Guinea.
Player to watch for United States
Abby Wambach — The veteran American forward finally ended her scoring drought in a 2-1 loss to Sweden. Now that she's rediscovered her scoring touch, she's hungry for more goals.
The Brazilian perspective
"It's Brazil-U.S. It's a big game. It's special," Marta told the Associated Press.
The American perspective
"Brazil are a technically gifted side and we'll have to stick together. We really need to play as a team, and that's what we're focusing on. We need to work for one another and help each other out. If we can do that, we'll get the result we're all hoping for," defender Christie Rampone told FIFA.com.
World Cup head-to-head
The United States and Brazil have faced each other 23 times in international play, with the Americans earning 19 wins and two draws. Sweden defeated Australia in the first round of the 1999 World Cup. The U.S. has won two of the three World Cup encounters between the two sides, but Brazil won the last one – 4-0 in the semifinals in 2007.