Coritiba and Vasco's reserves to face each other ahead of Copa final
Vasco hold a narrow advantage going into the game, having won last week's first leg 1-0 thanks to a goal from Alecsandro. However, the tie is far from over, and Coritiba will be hopeful they can overturn the deficit. As a result, they, along with Vasco, will rest their key players when the two sides go head-to-head in the Brasileirão later today.
For the opening two games of the league campaign, Vasco have selected their reserves in order to keep the first team fresh, knowing that victory in the cup will see them qualify for the 2012 Copa Libertadores. So far it has worked well, with the club having won both fixtures, and defender Fernando says the fringe players can maintain their good form.
"When I saw the team against America, I told people we'd be a match for any club," he said. Vasco won that game 3-0, and Fernando wants to pick up another three points, adding: "Tonight we will fight for another victory against Coritiba."
His words were echoed by midfielder Enrico, who commented: "We have a strong squad, with many players fighting for places. This is fundamental. I'm not sure if it [playing a reserve side] is a good thing or a bad thing, but we've won our first two games well."
Coritiba play Vasco at home tonight in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A at 22:30 UK time, before again playing hosts on Wednesday, but due to time difference kick-off will be 01:50 on Thursday morning, UK time.