Lima gears up for Copa final

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Brazil hopes Argentina goes through with its idea to blitz the Copa America final at National Stadium in Lima on Sunday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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Brazil hopes Argentina goes through with its idea to blitz the Copa America final at National Stadium here tomorrow. Coach Marcelo Bielsa has said Argentina will send as many as six players forward against Brazil, as it has done in more-hit-than-miss style for a tournament-high 14 goals. "I hope they do that," Brazil midfielder Renato said yesterday. "The more players they send to attack us, the more space we will have to use when we get the ball back." All-out offence Argentina has eased into the final with four wins in five games, and its all-out offence has drawn praise from even its opponents. But "you can't attack and defend at the same time," said midfielder Kleberson, the only member of Brazil's 2002 World Cup champions in Peru. "When you play everyone forward, you leave open spaces back there, it's simple," added striker Luis Fabiano. "We will need to take advantage of that." Brazil was successful when it faced offensive teams in this Copa America. The team's best performances came against Costa Rica (4-1) and Mexico (4-0), who played with attack-minded setups. The Brazilians struggled, however, against more defensive formations. That was the case in the lacklustre 1-0 win against Chile and the 2-1 loss to Paraguay. Brazil was also troubled by Uruguay, when it need a penalty shootout to win their semifinal after a 1-1 draw in regulation. "Everybody knows how Argentina plays, it's no secret," coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said. "We'll have to try to use that to our advantage." Parreira used his bench players in Friday's practice to simulate how Argentina plays, giving the starters a first look at what they might find tomorrow. He also had his players practice several penalty kick shootouts. In response to what Bielsa had done on Thursday, Parreira did not allow the practice session to be filmed. Boost front line After saying he'll boost his front line, Bielsa said he'll also bolster his back against the world champions after playing most of the tournament with two true defenders. Villareal's Fabricio Coloccini or Sporting Lisbon's Facundo Quiroga are expected to join captain Roberto Ayala and Gabriel Heinze on the back line. Boca Juniors standout Carlos Tevez was tipped to remain in the lineup after scoring two game-winning goals in two games, both on free kicks. The status of Andres D'Alessandro and Javier Saviola remained uncertain. Both players have watched the last two games from the bench, sidelined with muscle injuries. A decision on whether they would play was expected today. Meanwhile, Carlos Amarilla of Paraguay was appointed to referee his first Copa final. It will be his third match of the tournament, all of them involving Argentina. He whistled the 6-1 victory against Ecuador in group play, and the 1-0 win over Peru in the quarterfinals, when he sent off Ayala. (AP)

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