Brazil set to take on Ghana

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Brazil will need to keep its composure if it wants to beat Ghana and advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

Brazil set to take on Ghana

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Brazil will need to keep its composure if it wants to beat Ghana and advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup. "The most important thing for us will be to have patience,'' said Cafu, Brazil captain. "It's an all-or-nothing match, so it doesn't matter if we score a goal in the first minute or in the 90th minute,'' he added. The teams will meet on Tuesday in Dortmund. Brazil is trying to reach the quarterfinals for the fourth straight time, while Ghana - in its first World Cup - is trying to become only the third African team to get past the second round. The Brazilians are expecting Ghana to play tough defense from the start, and were not ruling out having to play ugly to come out with a victory. "We will have to try to impose our style, trying to escape their physical match,'' said Carlos Alberto Parreira, Brazil coach. "We just can't get into a running game with them,'' said Ronaldo. Brazil struggled in its first two matches against Croatia and Australia, winning despite failing to impress. It improved considerably against Japan, when Parreira fielded five reserve players to rest some of the regular starters. "Of course it's nice to play beautiful soccer, but the most important thing is to win,'' said midfielder Kaka. "We want to advance to the next round, that's what matters.'' Parreira said he will not announce his starting lineup until just before kickoff, just as he did against Japan. The coach said, however, that the players would be told whether they would play on Monday night. Striker Robinho was definitely out after suffering a muscle injury in the team's training session on Saturday in Bergisch Gladbach, outside Cologne. He had started against Japan, replacing Adriano. Likely records Brazil is extra motivated for Tuesday's match, having a chance to break several records. Ronaldo is one goal shy of becoming the tournament's all-time career leading scorer. He has 14, even with West Germany's Gerd Muller. Cafu could become the Brazilian player with most World Cup appearances, with 19. And Brazil has a chance to score its goal number 200, as well as increasing its winning streak to 11 matches. Parreira also is set to break a record. He could move up to fourth on the list of most matches coached at the World Cup. He will be coaching his 19th match. Brazil beat Ghana 8-2 the only time the teams have met - a 1996 friendly in Brazil. (AP)

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