Brazil U20s expect tough final

Brazil goalkeeper Rafael is expecting a busy night when his side face Ghana in the U20 World Cup final, but insists he will star against the Black Satellites.


Ghana have the most lethal strike force in the competition with Dominic Adiyiah and Ransford Osei netting 12 times between them.

Adiyiah, on the books of Norwegian outfit Frederikstad FK, currently leads the way with eight from his six matches as Ghana have bagged on 19 occasions.

But while Ghana have been potent in front of goal, Brazil have one of the tightest defences in the tournament thanks largely to the exploits of Rafael, who has shipped just three goals in six matches.

And the Cruzeiro youngster has no intentions of being beaten again.

"It's not easy playing for the team as you always have to be the best in the world. For that reason you need to be fully focused at all times, as every mistake is magnified," he said.

"I'm very happy to be here and to be able to take part in a World Cup final. It's a dream come true. Ghana are a great team. They have pace, a superb attack and deserve to be in the final every bit as much as we do.

"I think it's going to be a great contest and also an open game. I could be in for a busy evening!

"The boss always gives us a few specifics about our opponents so we can take their strengths and weaknesses into account when preparing.

"I'm confident we'll give everything in the final to achieve the goal we set ourselves on coming here, which was to do whatever it takes to become champions."

While it has been Adiyiah and Osei grabbing the headlines with their goal-scoring antics, wing backs Samuel Inkoom and David Addy have been instrumental in the Black Satellites’ progress, notching up three assists apiece.

However, while Inkoom and Addy have been electric going forward, Ghana’s defence has been somewhat porous as the African outfit have conceded eight in their six outings.

But Addy does not envisage that being a problem against Brazil.

"The coach (Sellas Tetteh) often asks us to get forward and outnumber opponents," explained Addy. "That doesn't automatically mean we're weaker at the back. We're also capable of defending."

Inkoom echoed Addy’s sentiments as Ghana bid to become the first African nation to lift the trophy.

He added: "It's true that my style is very attacking. But when I get forward, I always make sure that my flank is covered. And as soon as possession is lost, I run back at full speed.

"Of course we're aware of the past, but we came here to write history and to return home with the trophy, so that's what we're going to do."

Brazil v Ghana (6:45pm) LIVE on Friday on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin Media 521); Also available on your PC via the Eurosport Player - click on the link under the picture to subscribe

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