Brazil target Argentina to erase WCup humiliation
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP):
Brazil will get another chance to erase the humiliation of that 7-1 loss to Germany when they take on Argentina on Thursday in a World Cup qualifier at the Mineirao Stadium.
The five-time World Cup champions were beaten by Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 tournament at the same venue in Belo Horizonte, located 220 miles north of Rio de Janeiro.
"Of course, returning here still touches all of us, even those that didn't play," Brazil coach Tite said. "But we have to know how to work in all situations. Two years have passed and we are in a different moment."
Since Tite took over, Brazil have won four straight matches in South American qualifying and lead the group with 21 points from 10 matches. Argentina are five points behind.
Three Brazilians who are likely to start against Argentina played against Germany: Real Madrid left back Marcelo, Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho and Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder Paulinho. Chelsea winger Willian is not expected to start, but also played against Germany.
Many others who played against Germany like Chelsea defender David Luiz and Atletico Mineiro striker Fred are not expected to return to the national team anytime soon.