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Monday, 10 January, 2000, 20:59 GMT
Necaxa aim to upset odds

Necaxa Necaxa are ready to use their Mexican spirit


Unfancied Mexican side Necaxa are determined to prove the pundits wrong by beating Vasco da Gama on Tuesday and qualifying for the final of the World Club Championships.

Necaxa need to win against Brazilian giants Vasco at the Maracana in order to reach the final of the tournament.

But the odds are stacked against the Mexicans - who drew with Manchester United and beat South Melbourne - and Vasco only need a draw to clinch top spot in group B.

Necaxa coach Raul Arias was slightly scathing towards the press, however, when it was suggested they were one of the weaker teams in the tournament.


Romario ands Edmundo Romario and Edmundo will lead the Vasco attack
"We were expecting these results," he said. "It was you (journalists) who did not believe in us. We will do anything possible to win this match and will use our Mexican spirit to do so."

Vasco coach Antonio Lopes believes Necaxa have plenty of talent and that his team would not be taking the tie lightly.

"They are a very good team with a lot of quality and knowhow, Montecinos and Dalgado are impressive and Aguinaga is the brain of the team," said Lopes.

"We are not thinking about this. In a tournament like this the next match is always the most difficult one and we must go on to the field with the idea of winning, not drawing."

Vasco's Brazilian international Jorginho will miss the final group game with an injured leg muscle, so Paulo Miranda will take over at right back.

Striker Edmundo, Ramon and Junior Baiano are all on one yellow card and would miss the final if they are booked against Necaxa and should Vasco win.

Necaxa's Agustin Delgado is an injury worry with Sergio Vazquez standing by to replace him.

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