Syria are relishing the chance to take on Brazil in the second round of the FIFA World Youth Championship Netherlands 2005 - they are far from running scared.

That's the message from the Syrian camp, who welcomed Brazil to the teams' combined headquarters just outside Tilburg hoping to cause another huge upset by knocking out the defending champions at the Willem II Stadium on Tuesday night.

Defeating Italy in Group E put Syria on the football map and sent the people back home into raptures and defender Hasan al Mostafa said: "The coach has trained us very well and I think we will produce another surprise against Brazil.

"I hope we will win and make our people as happy as we did as when we beat Italy. In our last match against Brazil we lost 6-0 however and we must not let that happen again. We are not afraid, but Brazil are still Brazil and everybody knows about their Samba football.

"They are always at the top of the FIFA rankings and though the media have told us that this Brazil team we are facing are not so good, but we don't believe them.

Syrians set sights on success
Fellow defender Abd Dakka was in similarly upbeat mood ahead of the second round as he said: "We are the dark horses of this tournament, but who knows how far we can go if we manage to beat Brazil? I'm not surprised we have done so well, because we came here preparing to try to win every match.

"We must not fear Brazil because we are also a good team. We will be attacking them as much as we can… we will not try to defend for the whole match."

Syria coach Milosav Radenovic has a fully-fit squad to choose from and he looks set to draft Abd Alhousain and Adnan al Hafez back into the team after resting them against Colombia because of their yellow card suspension concerns, but all first round cautions have now been discarded.

Radenovic said: "We have got nothing to lose. The last time Syria played Brazil at Under 20 level I'm told the players were shaking and scared when they were in the dressing room. That will not happen again.

"Syria has a population of nearly 20 million… I think five million of them will come out to meet us when we go home if we beat manage to Brazil. From the smallest child, to the oldest man, I hope we will make them all celebrate in the streets. If we take them to extra-time and penalties even, that will be like a win for us, so that's not what we are worried about.

"All I am concerned with is that from the first minute until the last we must play our own game. We must forget the defeat against Colombia. I know that we are the outsiders, but Brazil must know they will have to fight for a result against us. Everybody is ready."

Diego heads Brazil's injury list
Brazil coach Rene Weber has more injury concerns troubling him, with midfielder Diego, who has reportedly agreed to join Benfica from Fluminense, forced to fly back home with a shoulder injury which ruled him out for the rest of the tournament.

He is definitely out, but Weber hopes Leonardo and Gladstone will recover from respective ankle and calf problems.

Unsurprisingly, Weber is not taking anything for granted against Syria. He said: "I've seen the tape of them against Colombia and they are a very strong team. Their principle tactic seems to be the counter-attack, but they are also very strong physically and mentally.

"I tell my players that all games are difficult and this one will be exactly the same. Somebody might say that Syria have no football tradition, but if they are in the FIFA World Youth Championship and in the last 16, they must be a good team.

"We respect them and there are no easy games here. Against Nigeria, Switzerland and Korea, we faced strong, physical teams so I think we will be OK in this match also."