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Olympic Preview: Brazil - Cameroon







What: 2008 Olympic Games quarter-final
Who: Brazil (1st, Group C, 9/9pts) vs Cameroon (2nd, Group D, 5/9pts)
When: Saturday 16 August 18:00 China Standard Time
Where: Shenyang Olympic Stadium, Shenyang
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)


Having first met at the 1994 World Cup, Brazil and Cameroon share a rich history. Now it's time for the South Americans to get revenge for the last meeting between the sides...

The Boys From Brazil

That game was a 2003 Confederations Cup defeat in Paris, but what will linger in the memory even more is Cameroon's shock win over Brazil in the 2000 Olympics at the quarter-final stage.

Ronaldinho played in that game, scoring the last-second equaliser that took his side to an ill-fated extra time. Now he's out for vengeance.

The man himself had this to say to FIFA.com:" Fate dictated that we'd come up against Cameroon once more, who are a very strong and dangerous side.

"Of course we want to do things the right way and progress to the next round. We've been doing things right so far."

In any case Brazil have started as expected: with three wins of out of three. Their group was one of the weaker ones, though, and this may be termed only their second real test.

The Lions' Share

As well as Brazil enjoying a comfortable group stage, so too have Cameroon, who remain unbeaten.

The Indomitable Lions have dropped four points so far: two of those, against Italy, were excuable; the laboured finish against South Korea, though, was not.

Coach Jules Frédéric Nyongha will look at the Goals For column - two - and worry. Only Europe-based midfielders Stéphane Mbia and Georges Mandjeck have found the net so far, and a squad bereft of Samuel Eto'o is well and truly showing its frailty up front.

Nonetheless a defence marshalled by Premier League pair Alexandre Song and André Bikey, ably assisted by breakout Messina ace Antonio Ghomsi, is currently defying expectations. Brazil may learn this to their cost - again.

Players to watch: Ronaldinho, a player to watch in the last one, once again demands scrutiny. Having played three consecutive games he seems to be slowly but surely returning to form,


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