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Sao Paulo, Brazil, 20 September, 2013 – The hosts will face the top of the world in the first match of the Knockout stage of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup on Saturday at 1 pm local time at Arena Conda.
The hosts will face the top of the world in the first match of the Knockout stage of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup on Saturday at 1 pm local time at Arena Conda.
Sao Paulo are looking to reach the knockout stages after having lost their last two matches, 1-0 against Mexico at the same stage last year and 2-0 by Mexico in the first round in 2011.
The last win of the campaign came in the home match against Portugal where the Brazilian side scored a dramatic stoppage-time equalizer with a deflected shot.
However, the victory in the previous game was also decisive for the hosts as it came at the end of a match that saw their attacking players on the pitch for the first time in six years.
“We can feel the energy of our players that is still concentrated on the pitch when we are out with the away fans,” head coach Dunga told reporters ahead of the game.
“Some of them had to make some tough decisions to get this result because they knew they had to score. I am happy with the efforts of all our players to get this result, because we are in a situation [where we can] start thinking about the second game, which is the first leg of the semifinal,” he said.
The victory also earned the hosts bragging rights over Uruguay with the scoreline being 0-0 at half-time. The previous game between the two sides at this stage had ended in a goalless draw in Uruguay.
The Brazilian side, who have failed to win on their travels for four years, will receive the home advantage as they will travel to the Estadio Monumental de La Plata on Sunday, in the first leg of their semifinal match against Uruguay.
“We know it will be difficult to meet the team of Uruguay, but we want to show what this team can do for Brazil and win a first title in the Confederations Cup. We know that we will have to start the second match with the motivation of the victory, and then we will be able to