Portugal to face Brazil

Brazil meet Portugal in a friendly game in London.

updated: March 22, 2007 06:37 IST
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Brazil meet Portugal in a friendly game in London on Tuesday at the London home of Premiership side Arsenal. The encounter has clearly caught the imagination of the English public, as well as the large Brazilian and Portuguese ex-pat communities in the British capital - all 60,000 tickets for the match have been sold out for some time now. The two countries share a common language, some may say both on and off the field. Both like to play with flair, and individual talent is certainly not in short supply. They last met in 2003, with Portugal winning by two goals to one. But after reaching the last four at the 2006 World Cup, Portugal have struggled to find their best form in recent games. They are fourth in their qualifying group for Euro 2008, and face crucial games against Belgium and Serbia next month. Midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo is looking forward to the challenge of taking on the former World Cup holders. But he is mindful of the fact that Tuesday's encounter is only a friendly - and that far more important matches lie in wait in March. "Facing Brazil, the World Cup holders, is always going to be a challenge for us. It's always good, and always enjoyable," said Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal midfielder. Reports have abounded in the English and Spanish media lately over a possible move from Manchester United to Barcelona. Ronaldo's rise to prominence has coincided with arguably the greatest era in Portuguese football. He hopes they can continue to perform well in the major tournaments.