Preview: Brazil - Uruguay

Karthick Arvinth

Brazil defender David Luiz is available for Wednesday's last four clash against Uruguay after recovering from a bruised leg.

Midfielder Paulinho is set to return to the starting XI after missing the 4-2 win over Italy with an ankle injury, but Bernard (foot) is a doubt. Hulk is expected to start ahead of Lucas Moura in attack, despite failing to impress in the group stage.

Uruguay captain Diego Lugano returns after serving a one-match ban for accumulating two yellow cards, but fellow defender Andres Scotti is ruled out after getting sent off in the 8-0 win over Tahiti. Coach Oscar Tabarez is likely to persist with the attacking trio of Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani despite Abel Hernandez's four-goal haul against the Pacific islanders.



  • Brazil is on a four-match winning run and is unbeaten in its last nine.

  • The Selecao have won their last two encounters with Uruguay, including a 4-0 thumping in a World Cup qualifier in June 2009.

  • Luiz Felipe Scolari's first-ever match in charge of Brazil ended in a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in July 2001.

  • Uruguay has won four of its last five international fixtures.

  • The two-time world champions have registered just one victory in their last seven encounters against South American opponents (W1, D2, L4).

  • It is 63 years since Uruguay's famous 'Maracanazo' victory, when its defeated hosts Brazil 2-1 in the World Cup final of 1950.

  • Luis Suarez (pictured, right) scored his 35th and 36th goals for Uruguay in the win over Tahiti to replace Diego Forlan at the top of the all-time scorers' list.