Seleção legend Zico looks ahead to Brazil’s FIFA World Cup Round of 16 tie against Chile
Seleção legend Zico was pleased with Brazil’s 4-1 win against Cameroon, but expects Chile to give them a sterner test.
A Neymar brace, plus strikes from Fred and substitute Fernandinho secured victory for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side.
The three points ensured they topped Group A and set up a Round of 16 clash with Chile.
Brazil’s recent record against La Roja is impressive - they have won five of their last six meetings - while the Seleção have been victories in all three FIFA World Cup knockout stage matches [1962, 1998, 2010].
Despite Brazil’s historical dominance, Zico’s wary of Chile’s collective strength. The 61 year-old is also, however, encouraged by Neymar’s form and was pleased with Fernandinho’s cameo against Cameroon.
“The Brazilians did not have the prettiest of games against Cameroon but at least showed determination and fighting spirit,” he wrote in his column for The Guardian. “Neymar is delivering and the arrival of Fernandinho gave the midfield more bite and stamina.
“The Chileans will be very tough opponents, though. Especially because I don’t see them attacking Brazil as much as they did against the Dutch. It could be a nice battle to watch.”
The tie between Brazil and Chile will be held at the Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto [Mineirão] in Belo Horizonte. The stadium has hosted four matches so far in the tournament and will be the venue for the first semi-final, which could include Brazil.