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With the Copa America and European Championships over and done with, it is suddenly dawning on the footballing world that it is less than 18 months until the big one: the World Cup and a World Cup like no other. Qatar, the th biggest nation on earth with a population 3. It may feel different but with just over days to go the list of favorites looks rather familiar for those who have followed international football in recent years.
Brazil likes to get out into open space, where their players can create scoring opportunities with pace and agility.
The depth becomes much younger, and it will be a tall task for Brazil to ask them to control the tempo against the best team in the world. When they do that, they are left open to the counter attack and there are huge holes created by players who move forward.
Both teams top the standings with 3 points, with both securing victories Thursday night. A couple of times during the match, Brazilian goalkeeper Aline Reis came way off her line to clear balls back towards the offensive end because the defense had gaps from so many players moving forward. Reddit Pocket Flipboard .
And, if they can string it together, they will get chances and test the American defense routinely in an effort to steal the win. In looking at Brazil, they have some of their veteran players back along with some new faces that look to get into the rotation under coach Pia Sundhage.
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Still, they have the pace, creativity, and passing to give any team fits. Brazil was able to create some chances in what was a physical game, and they tested the Argentine keeper with crosses into the box and trying to free Debinha and Marta on the break. There is quite a bit of depth, but they will be missing Formiga and Luana against the United States.
Marta and Debinha opened up the scoring for the Brazilians, while Adriana and Geyse both got their first international goal. Their roster has had a few changes since it was announced in late January.