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Friday, June 25, 2010

Baptista, Alves to start for Brazil vs. Portugal

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Julio Baptista and Daniel Alves have replaced Kaka and Elano for Brazil's final Group G match against Portugal on Friday at the World Cup.

Coach Dunga also brought in Nilmar for Robinho with Brazil already through to the round of 16.

Kaka is not playing after receiving a red card against Ivory Coast while Elano has failed to recover from a right ankle injury.

Portugal will be without Brazil-born playmaker Deco for the second match in a row because of a right hip injury, but Cristiano Ronaldo is set to start at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz made four changes to the team that routed North Korea 7-0 in the previous match, including Duda, Danny, Pepe and Ricardo Costa in the starting on Friday.

Portugal has a comfortable goal difference to reach the second round even with a loss. The winner of the match will win the group.
Portugal: Eduardo, Bruno Alves, Duda, Ricardo Carvalho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Danny, Pepe, Raul Meireles, Tiago, Ricardo Costa, Fabio Coentrao.

Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Juan, Michel Bastos, Gilberto Silva, Felipe Melo, Daniel Alves, Julio Baptista, Nilmar and Luis Fabiano.

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