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Brazil warming up nicely

Brazil 1-1 Russia

Brazilians expect nothing less than a sixth World Cup triumph on home soil next year - and Luiz Felipe Scolari is a man under pressure.

As hosts, Scolari's men have to tackle the challenge of not playing a competitive game before they host the tournament, but Fred, Oscar, Neymar, Kaka and co have been set some stern tests.

Brazil, who have never failed to qualify for a World Cup, have not progressed beyond the quarter-finals since they won the tournament in 2002.

They showed some resilience to secure a draw in an exceptional game against Italy on Friday, and they did not have things all their own way as Fabio Capello's Russia went close to securing their first ever win against the Brazilians on Monday night.

Scolari, a World Cup winner as Brazil's manager 11 years ago, was reappointed in November, but the 64-year-old is still looking for his first win.

Brazil lost 2-1 to England in Scolari's first game in charge this time round, before squandering a 2-0 advantage in Friday's 2-2 draw against Italy.

But Capello is unbeaten as Russia's manager and Scolari's men did not quite have enough about them to manage a victory against a well organised side at Stamford Bridge.

It was another close contest, but Russia broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute with a Viktor Faitzulin strike, only for Fred to nip in for a 90th-minute equaliser.


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