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Brazil boost as Liverpool pair join squad; NeWs.

Liverpool pair Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino are back in contention for a place in the Brazil side for their final Copa America warm-up match against Honduras today.

The Champions League-winning pair joined up with the squad on Friday to increase the options of Brazil coach Tite, who also has Chelsea star Willian available.

Their arrival represents a timely boost to the camp after Neymar was ruled out of the tournament with an ankle ligament injury suffered in the recent win over Qatar. The absence of the PSG striker prompted Tite to turn to Willian over other popular choices, most notably Real Madrid's Vinicius Jr.

Tite is not expected to play his full first-choice starting line-up against Honduras, although Alisson is in line to replace Manchester City No. 1 Ederson.

Firmino is likely to be given more time to bed-in with the squad, meaning another start for another City player Gabriel Jesus, who scored the second goal in the 2-0 win over Qatar.

Brazil, who kick off their Copa America campaign against Bolivia in Sao Paolo on Friday, will look to enhance their status as tournament favourites following their relatively lowkey win over the Qataris.

? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in the wedding party as Arsenal's Mesut Ozil got married on Friday. The German midfielder, who has Turkish roots, faced criticism ahead of last year's World Cup after posing for photos with the nation's leader.

The furore prompted Ozil, 30, to retire from international football, citing he had faced "racism and disrespect" in the fall-out from the row and Germany's first-round exit from the tournament.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said Erdogan and his wife, Emine, were legal witnesses for Ozil as he married former Miss Turkey Amine Gulse in Istanbul.

Secular Turkish weddings require a witness each for the bride and groom.

Pictures showed Erdogan making a speech at the ceremony.

Erdogan has been accused of violating human rights in Turkey following an attempted coup in the country in the summer of 2016.

Amnesty International describes dissent being "ruthlessly suppressed" in the country, with thousands detained without trial over alleged links to an organisation linked to the uprising.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Sunday Post (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Geographic Code:3BRAZ
Date:Jun 9, 2019
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