Brazil bank on height advantage

LONDON - Brazil aim to make their height advantage count against Chile when the teams meet in a Round of 16 World Cup match tonight according to striker Fred.

"I've talked to our fullbacks, our wingers: They (the Chileans) are short," Fred told reporters at Brazil's training camp in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro.

Fred, who scored with a header in Brazil's 4-1 victory against Cameroon on Monday, measures 1.86 meters. That gives him a sizeable advantage over the three defenders Chile used in its last two games - Francisco Silva (1.78 m), Gonzalo Jara (1.77 m) and Gary Medel (1.71 m).

Not everyone on the Brazilian side is a giant by comparison - Neymar, for example, measures 1.75 m. But Brazil do have several tall players including defenders David Luiz (1.89 m) and Thiago Silva (1.82 m), both of whom have a strong record of heading in goals.

The team could get even bigger if right-winger Maicon (1.86 m), who practiced in place of Daniel Alves on Thursday, gets the nod in Belo Horizonte.

"With our height, free kicks could be a good weapon for us," Fred said.

He added that the Chileans have made up for their lack of stature so far in the tournament with strong ball possession.

"The great quality of Chile is their tactical skill," Fred said. "And they have players up front who can make a difference. From what they've been showing in the Cup, they're going to try to attack Brazil, too."

Meanwhile, Chile had to suspend training on Thursday after a helicopter used by Brazilian broadcaster Globo flew above the field.

"Chile training was stopped today a few minutes after it started because of a helicopter flying above the pitch," said a Chile press official.

He said the Chilean FA had asked the company who own the helicopter for an explanation. Globo is a World Cup rights holder for Brazil.

"Training resumed after it had left," the official said, with Chile's daily news conference delayed by an hour as a result. – Agencies

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Brazil v Chile 6pm, Colombia v Uruguay 9pm

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