at the Cotton Bowl
Brazil vs. Netherlands
* TIME: 12:35 p.m. PDT
* TV: ABC, Univision
* KEY MATCHUPS: This is a game worthy of the semifinals because many believe undefeated Brazil (3-0-1) and the Netherlands (3-1-0) are among the four best teams in the World Cup. Romario and Bebeto will take their explosive attack to the Dutch. If they can break loose often enough, Brazil will be in great position. But Brazil cannot overlook the aggressive Dutch style. Led by Dennis Bergkamp, Holland can be as explosive as Brazil. While much has been said about Brazil's offense, it has almost gone unnoticed that the team has allowed only one goal in four games, that in a 1-1 draw with Sweden. Brazil's best defense is controlling the ball with its remarkable finesse.
* OUTLOOK: When teams at this level meet there are few surprises. The players know each other from club play and know what to expect. Brazil has replaced Leonardo, suspended for four games for elbowing Tab Ramos, with Branco. Neither team will change tactics today. "We can't change our system," Brazilian midfielder Mazinho said. "We have to keep playing the way we do." Said Dick Advocaat, Holland's coach, "We will try to play our game and we will try not to allow Brazil to play their game. That is all we can do."