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Brazil explore Option B in encounter with Nigeria



Brazil's last training session on Friday ahead of this Saturday's potentially explosive match with Nigeria. PHOTO CREDIT- CBF

Brazil’s U20 are aware that victory against in-form Flying Eagles in tonight’s Group D match fixture at the Ciudad de La Plata Stadium may not be an easy task.

They are now considering a second option of at least getting a draw.

That result in addition to what ever comes out of Italy versus Dominican Republic encounter could see Brazil scaling the group stage obstacle as either second or one of the lucky third placed teams.

Due to the results in groups A and B, a draw already stamps the Brazilian vacancy for the round of 16 of the tournament as one of the four best third-placed teams.

The Brazilian football confederation has come up with an analysis on its official  website. With a victory in two games, Brazil is second in group D, with six points, three less than Nigeria, placed first in the group. To advance in the competition, Brazil needs to finish the third round between the top two.


The Brazilian first option is avoid dependant on results elsewhere to qualify. In that wise, the Brazilian team needs a victory this Saturday to be the leader and guarantee qualification for the round of 16 of the World Cup.

But they are aware that the Flying Eagles would not be a sitting duck.

“It’s very important. We know that this confrontation with Nigeria will be very difficult. It’s World Cup. 

“The World Cup doesn’t have an easy game and we’re going to go in very concentrated to get this classification stamped”, the Brazilian football confederation’s official website quoted  midfielder Ronald as saying.

“Well, for us, Brazil always has to be first. The more Brazil seeks the first place, the better, but the most important thing is to qualify in this World Cup. 


“We’re going to look for that. It doesn’t matter if it’s first, second or third. But if it’s first, even better”, said the midfielder.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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