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Brazil hope opening game ref is no bad omen

10 June 2014, 21:37

Terespolis - Brazil will be handed an unwelcome reminder of the manner in which their 2010 World Cup bid ended by the presence of Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura in the opening game of this year's finals against Croatia on Thursday.

Nishimura was the man in the middle when the Selecao lost 2-1 to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals in 2010 in Port Elizabeth, and on Tuesday FIFA announced that he will take charge of the Group A opener at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo.

Midfielder Ramires, now 27, is one of the few members of this year's Brazil squad to have featured in 2010, although he was forced to watch the Dutch debacle from the sidelines due to suspension.

"Back then I was the youngest player in the squad at my first World Cup, surrounded by more experienced players," said the Chelsea star at a press conference in Teresopolis on Tuesday.

"Everything was wonderful, but then I got a second yellow card (in the last 16 against Chile) that ruled me out of the game against the Netherlands.

"The team played very well in the first half of that game," admitted Ramires, who saw Robinho give Brazil a 1-0 half-time lead.

However, a second-half Wesley Sneijder brace turned the game around before Felipe Melo's sending-off ended the five-time world champions' hopes.

Seeing Nishimura in charge against Croatia will give many Brazilians bad memories, but Ramires had a simple message for his compatriots as tension grows ahead of the big kick-off.

"All sorts of things can happen in 90 minutes. Sometimes referees can make mistakes so it is up to us to do our best to overcome anything that goes against us," he said.

Under Luiz Felipe Scolari, the current Brazil side are practically unrecognisable from that which faced the Netherlands four years ago, with goalkeeper Julio Cesar and right-back Dani Alves the only members of that team who are likely to line-up against Croatia.

Nevertheless, the current squad has experience of winning last year's Confederations Cup and they can call on a backroom staff featuring Scolari, the coach of the 2002 World Cup-winning side, and technical co-ordinator Carlos Alberto Parreira, who coached Brazil to glory in 1994.

Ramires added: "There are no comparisons between the team of 2010 and today. We are talking about two excellent sides, but we can't say that this squad is better.

"We have a very young squad but we have an experienced coaching staff. They know about all the difficulties we might face along the way."



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