In the Friday's first match, Brazil will play the Netherlands at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Some are calling this game worthy of a World Cup final.  Both teams seem to be in top form ahead of the game.


The Dutch have won all four of their World Cup matches, and Brazil coach Dunga describes them as a very difficult opponent to play against. He says they are a solid team with technical quality and their style of soccer is very similar to South American football.


Brazil is one of four South American teams to reach the final eight.


The five-time World Cup champions will be without midfielder Elano, who scored in each of Brazil's first two matches.  He has been ruled out of the game against the Netherlands after bruising a bone in his right ankle during a victory over Ivory Coast.  But, the Brazilians have so much talent and depth that Elano's absence is not expected to have much impact.


They have won three matches and drawn with Portugal, and are coming off a convincing three-nil victory over South American rival Chile.


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rule out: 消除,排除,划线隔开
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