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Neymar is currently the joint top-scorer at the World Cup alongside Argentina's Lionel Messi and Germany's Thomas Muller with four goals.Getty Images

In an all South American clash, Brazil take on Chile in the round of 16 stage of the 2014 Fifa World Cup at the Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, on Saturday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 5pm BST. Live coverage is on BBC One and BBC One HD. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Brazil progressed into the knockout stages of the tournament as toppers of Group A despite being level on seven points with Mexico, courtesy of superior goal difference.

In their final group stage fixture, the hosts registered a 4-1 victory last Monday against a hapless Cameroon, who failed to win any of their matches.

Joel Matip's goal for the African side was sandwiched between a brace from Barcelona star Neymar in the first half. Fred ended his goal-scoring drought at the World Cup with a header four minutes after the restart.

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho came on as a substitute at half-time to put the game beyond all doubt with his team's fourth goal at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasilia.

Meanwhile, Chile valiantly fought but finished second in Group B with six points, three behind leaders Netherlands. After beating Australia 3-1 in their first fixture, they sent defending champions Spain packing out of the competition with a 2-0 victory; thus securing their progress.

Jorge Sampaoli's side were aiming for the top spot in the group but fell 0-2 at the Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo, in their final fixture against Netherlands. Late goals from Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay condemned the 14th ranked South American side to second place.

Arturo Vidal-Alexis Sanchez
Can Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez power Chile past the hosts into the quarterfinals?Getty Images

Brazil and Chile had previously faced each other at this very stage of the World Cup in 1998 (France) and 2010 (South Africa); and the five-time world champions emerged triumphant on both occasions by a three-goal margin.

Luiz Felipe Scolari has already guided his side to victory in 2002 and will be keen on guiding his side once again towards glory on home soil.

Chile have only progressed beyond the round of 16 once in their history, when they hosted the tournament in 1962. Their hopes of making it to the finals were dented by a powerful Brazilian side that boasted legends like Garrincha, Vava among their squad.

The home side are undoubtedly the favourites to progress into the last eight but Chile have shown they have the swagger to dump out one world champion from the competition.

The winner from this last 16 match is set to face another South American side in the quarterfinal as Colombia and Uruguay battle it to assert their claim for the coveted prize.

What Managers Say

Luiz Felipe Scolari: "Some people thought Chile would be eliminated. That wasn't going to happen, they are really good. I managed Brazil against Chile twice, so I know how good they are. We can improve a bit more and we will have to do so if we want to overcome Chile, who are good. They have malice, they are organised and have a lot of quality. If I could choose I'd have picked someone else because Chile are more difficult."

Jorge Sampaoli: "Brazil is the number one candidate to win the tournament but I don't think my players will be overwhelmed. Our rivals will know they will face a team that will battle for 90 minutes. The intensity of my players was outstanding. We were constantly trying to break Holland down but it was hard because they had nine or 10 players behind the ball all the time. Hopefully if we will play like that in the next round we will achieve the result we want."

Prediction: Brazil 2-1 Chile

Betting Odds (Bwin)

  • Brazil: 4/7
  • Draw: 31/10
  • Chile: 9/2

Team Form

Luiz Felipe Scolari
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has a fully fit squad to choose from for Chile clash.Getty Images


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W D W W W
  • Last Result: Cameroon 1-4 Brazil


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W W W W
  • Last Result: Netherlands 2-0 Chile

Team News


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Cesar; Alves, Silva, Luiz, Marcelo; Fernandinho, Gustavo; Hulk, Oscar, Neymar; Fred


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Bravo; Isla, Medel, Silva, Jara, Mena; Diaz, Vidal, Aranguiz; Sanchez, Vargas