Port Said is braced for a titanic tussle as Group E's top two prepare to do battle. Brazil, who thrilled the city's fans in a sparkling 5-0 win over Costa Rica, know only too well that they will face an altogether tougher test against 2007 finalists Czech Republic.
Brazil-Czech Republic, Port Said, Wednesday 30 September, 18:45 (local time)
The scoreline might have flattered them, but the Brazilians were still hugely impressive, not to mention devastatingly clinical, in that emphatic opening victory. They did, however, benefit from some generous Costa Rican defending, and are unlikely to receive such charity from a Czech side who restricted Australia to a handful of half-chances. With the winner of this match effectively guaranteed a place in the last 16, the incentive is there for both sides to take a major step forward and, in the process, re-affirm their title credentials.
189 - Boquita's stunning late strike in the 5-0 win over Costa Rica was Brazil's 189th FIFA U-20 World Cup goal, strengthening their position as the tournament's all-time leading scorers. Their closest challengers, Argentina, have accrued a comparatively meagre 137, leaving them 52 short of the prolific Seleção.
"Despite the scoreline, we had a very difficult match against Costa Rica and I congratulated the players for achieving such a great result. But our objective now is to put that game behind us and think only of picking up more points from the match against the Czech Republic. Only once we have done that can we begin looking ahead to the latter stages," Rogerio Lourenco, Brazil coach.
"We were pleased to win our first match but we can play a lot better. We also know that we will need to improve because we are facing an excellent team. Brazil were fantastic against Costa Rica but this is a very important game for us, a chance to go to the next round, and I think we will be better prepared for facing them," Jakub Dovalil, Czech Republic coach.