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Brazil coach expects goals

By Matthew Kenyon
BBC Sport, Cairo

Brazil under-20 coach Rogerio
Rogerio has led Brazil to the final of the Under-20 World Cup

Brazil coach Rogerio expects plenty of goals on Friday when his team take on Ghana in the Under 20 World Cup final in Egypt.

But he needs his faltering strikers to hit their stride first.

It has been a mixed display by the South American favourites so far - combining big wins in some of their group matches with narrow victories in the knock-out stage.

Their 1-0 win over Costa Rica in the semi-final on Tuesday showed they are far from invincible, and the coach acknowledged that after the match.

"I'm fully aware that we haven't played a fantastic match," he said after the game.

"But I'm very happy that we've reached the final, which was our main goal."

Brazil have scored 14 goals compared to Ghana's 16 so far and Rogerio thinks it is the attacking qualities of both teams which marks them out.

"Ghana has reached the final and has done so with all the qualities that they have," he said.

"This shows a lot about the team. They deserve to be there.

"Being a team that plays offensively just like Brazil, this should be good for the show and for the kind of match we'll have on Friday.

"What eventually happens is that teams like Brazil and Ghana, who can really attack, will eventually reach the final - as they have here."

The game on Friday evening will be preceded by the third place play-off match between Hungary and Costa Rica.

No players picked up a suspension during the semi-finals because single yellow cards were wiped clean before the start of the matches.



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see also
Ghana to face Brazil in U20 final
13 Oct 09 |  African
Tetteh sure of U20 title success
13 Oct 09 |  African
Ghana and Hungary into U20 semis
09 Oct 09 |  African
2009 Under-20 World Cup
26 Sep 09 |  African


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