Pole position in Seleção's sights
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It's top versus bottom in Port Said's final Group E fixture, with Brazil seeking to strengthen their position at the section's summit against an Australia side playing for pride after two straight defeats.

The game
Australia-Brazil, Port Said, Saturday 3 October, 21:30 (local time)

The stakes
In theory, the Young Socceroos could still qualify for the last 16, although coach Jan Versleijen is a pragmatic sort and not the type to pin his hopes on a minor miracle. The Dutchman and his players have already resigned themselves to an early exit and, rather than targeting an unlikely reprieve, have set themselves the more modest target of claiming their first point at Egypt 2009.

Brazil, meanwhile, will be looking to regain some momentum and secure top spot after enduring a frustrating stalemate against Czech Republic. Rogerio Lourenco praised his players' efforts but will surely have been concerned at the ease with which the Czechs restricted his much-vaunted side to a handful of efforts on goal.

The stat
1.98
- If the Brazil coach decides to shuffle his pack now that a place in the last 16 has been secured, it could be that we are given the first glimpse of the tallest player at Egypt 2009. Seleção reserve goalkeeper Saulo measures in at a whopping 1.98 metres (6ft 5ins) but has been kept out thus far by the fine form of No1 Rafael, who has yet to concede.

The birthday
Australia's first-choice keeper, Dean Bouzanis, turns 19 the day before facing Brazil and will hope for a belated birthday present in the form of a morale-boosting shutout.

The words
"You should always be positive but you should also be realistic. We need to get our heads up and be strong enough to face Brazil and get the best possible result. We don't want to go back to Australia with no points," Jan Versleijen, Australia coach.

"I feel good about my team's chances but I also realise that every team in this tournament has its qualities and that we are in a very strong section. I am still thinking about what strategy to employ against Australia but, whatever I decide, I will be doing my best to ensure that Brazil can reach our best level," Rogerio Lourenco, Brazil coach.