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Sunday, 9 January, 2000, 15:53 GMT
Goal difference the key in Brazil

Anelka: Scoring duck is broken, but he may be benched


Real Madrid and Corinthians will be hoping for a goal feast as they go into their final group matches of the World Club Championship level on points.

The two sides drew 2-2 when they met on Friday and they are unlikely to be troubled by their unfancied Monday opponents.



The format gives a slight advantage to the team who play second
Vicente del Bosque, Real Madrid coach
This means that goal difference will probably be the determining factor that decides who goes through to the Rio de Janeiro final.

The Spanish giants take on Morocco's Raja Casablanca, while their Brazilian rivals face Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia.

Real Madrid fullback Roberto Carlos believes his side could put massive score past the African minnows.

"With all due respect to the Moroccans we're going to score five or six against them because we know that in the following game Al Nassr will not be able to contain Corinthians," said the Brazilian international.

Carlos heightens the competitiveness between the group leaders, having begun his career at Palmeiras, Corinthians' great rivals.

He made matters worse before the tournament by asking Palmeiras fans to support whoever played Corinthians.


Al Nassr (right) have already beaten Casablanca
Real coach Vicente del Bosque has expressed concern that the Brazilians, who play after the Spanish side, will have an advantage because they will know what score they need against Al Nassr to progress.

"The format gives a slight advantage to the team who play second," he said.

Del Bosque also suggested that Fernando Morientes, who is recovering from injury, could start. That would mean the bench for former Arsenal star Nicolas Anelka.

The Frenchman ended his goal drought with two on Friday, having failed to score for Real since joining them at the start of the season for a record transfer fee.

Meanwhile, Corinthians striker Marcelinho Carioca may not play due to an ankle injury picked up against the Spaniards.
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