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Football: Gers' Oz pair eye up clash against Brazil.

Byline: IAIN CAMPBELL

RANGERS duo Craig Moore and Tony Vidmar are facing up to the distinct possibility of playing Brazil in a play-off for next year's World Cup finals.

The Australian pair are staring at the prospect after the ex-world champs crashed 3-1 in their penultimate qualifying tie in Bolivia.

Australia must play the side which finishes fifth in the South American group and the shaky Brazilians are now just a point ahead of the Uruguayan side currently holding down fifth spot.

Brazil must defeat Venezuela in their final match next Wednesday to ensure a place in Japan and South Korea.

Australia have grown into a top class nation and if Brazil are required to go into the play-off there is every prospect the 2002 finals would be a "Samba free" zone for the first time.

Brazil took the lead in La Pazas through Edilson but Bolivia got one back through Lider Paz just before half-time.

Julio Cesar Baldivieso then put Bolivia in front after 70 minutes.

And they finished Brazil off with a third from the penalty spot with just two minutes to go.

The result leaves Brazil fourth in the South American Group with 27 points, one ahead of Uruguay and three clear of Colombia.

Uruguay were held 1-1 by Ecuador who clinched qualification in third place behind Argentina and Paraguay, while Aston Villa forward Juan Pablo Angel scored as Colombia beat Chile 3-1.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 9, 2001
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