Brazilians out to boost nation with Confederations Cup success

World football body FIFA voiced confidence earlier that authorities can ensure security during Wednesday's game despite the fact Belo Horizonte was the scene of an ugly 70,000-strong protest last Saturday. More than 1.5 million Brazilians have demonstrated against poor public services and corruption in recent days and some marches have turned violent, but polls say two thirds of fans back the World Cup.

updated: June 26, 2013 09:39 IST
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Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says their Confederations Cup semifinal against Uruguay in Belo Horizonte is a chance to provide a huge morale boost for a nation in turmoil after days of protests against corruption and maladministration.

"This is a crucial moment for the Brazilian team," said Scolari as he looked forward to Wednesday's Confederations Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte against South American champions Uruguay.

"The things we are doing to build a better country will not be in vain if we can keep this up. Find a better life together and not fighting against each other. Then we can live in the country we always longed for."

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