Brazil prepare to face Peru

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:49 IST

The Brazilian football squad have been finalising their preparations ahead of their 2006 World Cup qualifying matches against Peru and Uruguay.

Brazil prepare to face Peru
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The Brazilian football squad have been finalising their preparations ahead of their 2006 World Cup qualifying matches against Peru and Uruguay. First, they will head into Goiania in central Brazil to play Peru on Sunday, before moving on to Montevideo to face Uruguay next Wednesday. The World Cup holders were held to a goalless home draw by Colombia and lost 1-0 in Ecuador in their last two qualifiers, are second in the 10-nation group with 20 points from their 11 games, two points behind leaders Argentina. Focus on Ronaldo Much of the talk heading into the games has centred on Ronaldo, who has suffered a goal drought for Real Madrid in the last two months and was sent off in the 2-0 defeat by Juventus which put his side out of the Champions League. He apologised on Monday for throwing a plastic water bottle into the crowd after being verbally abused by fans during Real's 1-0 home win over Malaga the day before. But the spotlight is also on a skinny, 21-year-old striker who isn't yet guaranteed a spot in the line-up. Robinho, a rising star who plays for Pele's former club Santos, may get his big break on Sunday. And, if picked, he's focused on the task ahead. "The expectation is very high, you know? We hope that the Brazilian team can start the games well and get the positive results, that is what we want," said Robinho. Ronaldinho in playing XI One man ensured of a place in the starting XI is Ronaldinho. The Barcelona player explains what he feels his own personal contribution should be. "Every time when you have the ball at your feet, you have to make the best of it, make as few errors as possible, to be able to have a good game and help the team," said Ronaldinho. Brazil are second in the South American qualifying group with 20 points, two behind Argentina. Uruguay are fifth with 14 points, and Peru seventh with 13. The top four South American teams qualify for the World Cup finals, while the fifth-placed team plays the Oceania winner for another spot. (AP)

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