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Haiti faces challenge against mighty Brazil

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Dhaka – Haitian defender Jean Marc Alexandre knows his team faces a major challenge against Brazil in the Copa America.Haiti is No. 74 in the FIFA world rankings while Brazil is No. 7. Haiti has played in just one World Cup, while Brazil has won soccer’s premier event five times,AP/UNB News Reported.Haiti and Brazil meet on Wednesday night in their second Group B matches with each team looking for its first win.”Brazil is a powerhouse, maybe the most powerful football nation in the world,” Alexandre said Tuesday. “It is an honor for us to be on
the same field with them.”Brazil earned a point in Group B play after a scoreless draw against Ecuador in its first match. The Brazilians dominated most of the match, but couldn’t finish their opportunities. They are wary of the same thing happening against the Haitians.”The reality is that we have to respect our opponent and realize we’re not getting anything for free,” Brazilian defender Marquinhos said. “We had many good things come out of the game against Ecuador, but we can’t be crazy about how we do things. We have to score.”Haiti is feeling good, despite a 1-0 loss to Peru in the first game of the Copa America. The Haitians battled Peru evenly for most of the match and forward Kervens Belfort missed an open net in final minutes that could have given his team a tie and a point in the standings.Haiti coach Patrice Neveu was encouraged by what he saw from his team against Peru.”We should have scored, but our morale is still very good,” Neveu said. “We’re aware that Brazil is under some pressure after the 0-0 tie. To say we will win is a little pretentious, but the important
thing is to know your strengths and we showed strength and quality against Peru.”Even Alexandre realizes that with a few breaks, his team could have a  chance.”We are all athletes and when the whistle blows to start the game, you must dare yourself to win,” Alexandre said. “This is an opportunity to put Haiti on the world stage. If we didn’t think we could win, there would be no point in playing. We should stay home and watch on TV.”

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