Day 23, Match 1
Netherlands vs. Brazil, quarter-finals
Date and location
Friday, July 2, Port Elizabeth Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Live on CBC and CBCSports.ca (9:30 a.m. ET). Consult CBC's full broadcast schedule.
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What's at stake
A spot in the semifinals in a match against the winner of Uruguay vs. Ghana.
Player to watch for Netherlands
Robin van Persie — The elite striker is having a tough tournament with only one goal to show for his efforts and was visibly angry after being subbed off against Japan. He'll need to be on his game against a very difficult Brazil side if the Netherlands is to advance.
Player to watch for Brazil
Lucio — Everyone's talking about Luis Fabiano, Robinho and Kaka, but Brazil's captain deserves a heap of praise for his poise and leadership on the back line of an extremely stingy defence that has shut down Chile, Portugal and the Ivory Coast, allowing only two goals in four matches.
Lucio vs. Giovanni van Bronckhorst — Both defences are fantastic, and with so much offensive firepower on both sides the tie could come down to which captain can marshal his back line better: Brazil's Lucio has to contend with van Persie and Arjen Robben or van Bronckhorst of the Netherlands. The Dutch will have to keep mindful of Maicon on the wing and striker Luis Fabiano.
The Dutch perspective
"Against Brazil, perhaps we might be the underdogs for the first time in South Africa. But we are here for one reason, to get the big prize." — coach Bert van Marwijk
The Brazilian perspective
"Everyone is hungry to achieve one more trophy for Brazil. This is what we talk about all the time." — midfielder Gilberto Silva
World Cup head-to-head
The teams have met three times in past World Cups, with Brazil beating the Netherlands twice in the knockout rounds in classic encounters.
In the 1994 quarter-final round, Branco scored the winner for the eventual Brazilian world champs in the 81st minute as Brazil triumphed 3-2, a game that saw all five goals scored in the second half.
That was matched in the semifinal of France 1998, when the Netherlands' Patrick Kluivert equalled a first-half Ronaldo strike in the 87th minute, only to see Brazil advance in the shootout.
The Netherlands also beat Brazil 2-0 in the second group phase at the 1974 World Cup.