World Cup pre-game: Brazil vs. Chile
Group A winner and B runner-up play each other
Brazil vs. Chile
- 12 p.m. ET, Saturday, June 28
- CBC TV, streaming online at cbc.ca/fifaworldcup
What’s at stake
It’s now pretty simple - win and you go through, lose and you go home. But the Brazilian hosts have added pressure on their shoulders.
The winner here plays the winner of Colombia vs. Uruguay.
Brazil owns the Round of 16 when it comes to playing Chile. Four years ago in Johannesburg they won 3-0. Brazil also came on top in the Round of 16 in 1998, winning 4-1.
Brazil; Neymar. He is tied for the tournament lead in scoring with four goals. And he leads the hopes of his nation into this vital match.
Chile: Eduardo Vargas. This forward has one goal and one assist, and he played a big role in sending Spain home.
What to watch for
Brazil has clearly moved past their initial stumbles against Croatia and Mexico. They were incredibly accurate against Cameroon - 18 of 19 shots were on target - and they converted four of them. Look for more fast transitions and lots of shots.
By contrast, Chile started off strong in the group stage, but their offence wilted in their third game. They had only one shot on target (out of seven in total) in losing 2-0 to the Netherlands. They need to find the target, while also shutting down Neymar and his fellow shooters.
They said it
"Neymar is a great player. He brought back the magic of the Brazilian player. He's letting us dream about having a Brazilian as the best player in the world again." Brazilian defender David Luiz speaking to reporters about his teammate.
"Beating Brazil? That's our dream. Chile can create a surprise. We've beaten the world champions, so we can beat Brazil." Chile’s Arturo Vidal, who was rested against the Netherlands, speaking to FIFA.com.
The big number
9 — Thomas Muller won the Golden Boot in 2010 with five goals and three assists. By comparison, Neymar had four goals (but no assists) in the group stage alone. He’s on pace to score nine goals if his team made it to the final match.
Obligatory fun fact
Vargas scored his first competitive international goal in a 4-2 win over Peru in 2011 during a qualifier for the 2014 World Cup. He ended qualifying as Chile's top scorer with five goals.