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Sunday, 23 June, 2002, 18:34 GMT 19:34 UK

Brazil v Turkey key battles

Brazil v Turkey semi-final | Saitama
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There is more than a hint of this being a grudge match from the Turkish perspective after the two teams met in the group stages.

Brazil emerged as 2-1 winners in the earlier encounter courtesy of a controversial late penalty from Rivaldo in a game which saw two Turkish players dismissed.

That is likely to add even more fire to the Turkish flames as they aim for revenge.

Brazil are favourites to win the World Cup and, although they comfortably disposed of England, they have yet to produce the magical football their high standards demand.

BBC Sport Online takes a look at some of the key battles which could decide the match.

Lucio v Ilhan Mansiz

Defender Lucio was in the final third of the field trying to aid a Brazilian attack just seconds after the kick-off against Belgium who won the ball and almost scored at the other end.

The Brazilian's mistake against England gifted Michael Owen his goal and it is these sort of instances which make him suspect.

But he was part of a Brazilian defence which also comfortably kept England at bay and his form for club side Bayer Leverkusen helped them to the final of the Champions League.

Lucio is likely to have to be more selective in his forward forays and keep tight concentration when defending against a promising prospect.

Ilhan scored the golden goal against Senegal which secured his country's semi-final spot and he is the new pin-up boy of Turkish football.

He is set to replace Hakan Sukur, who has been disappointing, for this game.

And a good performance could see him replace Sukur more permanently in the national team and in the affections of the Turkish public.

Roberto Carlos v Umit Davala

Davala provided Ilhan with the cross from which he scored against Senegal and the right winger can provide dangerous balls into the opposition box.

He has not been a first team regular with Italian club AC Milan and he looks to be making up for that at this World Cup.

He likes to get into attacking positions and, if on form, could stem Carlos' own attacking instincts.

Left-back Carlos possesses pace and power going forward and he will have to be careful not to leave Davala too much space to utilise.

The Brazilian will be a threat with his trademark potent shooting ability.

Cafu v Hasan Sas

Cafu might be 32 and losing some of his customary pace but he is still capable of ploughing a furrow down the right flank through his endless running.

Like all Brazilians, Cafu is extremely comfortable on the ball and loves to venture forward.

But he was caught out when the two teams played earlier in the tournament as he allowed Sas to steal in at the far post and score.

Sas showed his technical prowess with that strike and he has since demonstrated his desire to take on defenders.

He has good close control and dribbling skills and works himself into promising scoring positions from the Turkish left side which Cafu will have to keep a close eye on.

Rivaldo v Alpay Ozalan

Rivaldo's play-acting in the first encounter between the teams saw him fined for 'simulation' and Turkey will be determined to shackle him out of the game.

But that is easier said than done as the Brazilian has scored in each game so far, including his opening goal of the tournament from the spot against Turkey.

There is likely to be more pressure on Rivaldo to perform with Ronaldinho suspended and Ronaldo struggling to be fit.

Whether Alpay can keep Rivaldo quiet remains to be seen but judging from the first Brazil and Turkey encounter he will have to be more controlled.

He was sent-off for an offence outside the area which led to the late controversial winning penalty from Rivaldo.

Alpay has since shown his better qualities in defence in terms of aerial ability, reading of the game and tackling.

These qualities will have to be at their height against a Brazilian side famed for their attacking prowess.

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