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Brazilian striker Kaka and teammates are heavy favourites at the FIFA World Cup. ((Tony Karumba/Afp/Getty Images) )

Day 5, Match 3

Brazil vs. North Korea, Group G

Date and Location

June 15, Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg

Broadcast details

Live on CBC and CBCSports.ca (2 pm ET). Consult CBC’s full broadcast schedule

Rogers Pre-game Show

Watch the Rogers Pre-game show 30 minutes before kick-off as our panel of soccer experts provide up-to-the-minute news from South Africa on this match.

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What's at stake

The world's eyes will be on the favourites from Brazil as the Samba Boys will do everything in their power to get off on the right foot in the Group of Death, which means that North Korea will have a monumentally tough task to kick off its World Cup campaign.

Injuries and suspensions

Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar is suffering with back problems and is questionable for this game.

Player to watch for Brazil

Luis Fabiano — The golden boot winner from the 2009 Confederations Cup will be Brazil's main striker during the tournament, thanks to his determination and quickness in front of goal. The 29-year-old scored 21 goals for Sevilla in all competitions last season.

Player to watch for North Korea

Jong Tae-Se — Dubbed the "Asian Wayne Rooney" thanks to his strength and goal-scoring ability, Jong is North Korea's best player, one of the few to ply his trade outside the country. But he will be up against the toughest defenders he's ever faced in Group G.

Key matchup

Luis Fabiano vs. Ri Myong-Guk — When Brazil and Fabiano inevitably break through North Korea's staunch wall of defence, goalkeeper Ri Myong-Guk, who had 10 shutouts in qualifying, will have to come up big if his team is to have any chance to pull off a massive shocker.

Brazilian perspective

"This is a dream. When I got called up for the World Cup, my wife just said, 'You deserve what is happening to you; it's what you fought for'." — forward Grafite.

North Korean perspective

"We don't want to leave the tournament just with experience; we want to obtain all we can get in terms of goals and points when we go home." — striker Jong Tae-Se

World Cup head-to-head

The will be the first time the two countries' men's teams will face each other.