Friendly: Egypt vs Brazil Preview

Brazil defender Dani Alves accepts the pressure is on his side heading into Monday's friendly with underdogs Egypt, and will be treating the clash as the "game of their lives".

The Santos prodigy in action.

Brazil will be looking to make it two friendly wins out of two when they take on Egypt in Doha having defeated Gabon 2-0 in Libreville on Friday, Sandro and Hernanes netting the goals for a Selecao side shorn of its most recognisable stars.

Egypt, the three-time reigning African Cup of Nations champions, could pose a bigger threat to the five-time world champions on Monday, but Alves nevertheless knows his side will be expected to win.

The Barcelona full-back told "The responsibility of winning is ours. The Egyptian players have not got the same responsibility that Brazil have, so the match becomes more difficult for us because this is the game of their lives for the Egypt team.

"This fact always makes the game more difficult, but we are ready to offer a great performance."

He added: "Playing against Brazil is easy for these types of opponents because they don't have the obligation of winning. Losing to Brazil is not new for them, but winning is."

Alves sat out the Gabon match, as did Lucas Leiva and Thiago Silva, but they could return to the starting line-up for Monday's game, which Brazil coach Mano Menezes believes will be a bigger test for his side than Friday's.

He told a press conference: "The Egypt match is tougher. They are a more established team and we also expect better pitch conditions."

However, he remains confident, saying: "We always play better in the second match."

Silva, who could captain Brazil in the match, added: "It will not be an easy game. Nowadays, you never play an easy match and especially when they have fast attacking players.

"We might suffer a lot on the counter-attack, but if we remain focused and do what we usually do at our club teams, we can win."

Egypt coach Bob Bradley faces a baptism of fire in what will be his first match in charge since replacing Hassan Shehata.

The former USA boss said: "The match in Doha is the first opportunity for me to work with the players.

"I wish to stress the point that the game will not be an indication of the team's future because our preparation period has been quite short. When you play against Brazil, you want to do your best, because they are one of the best teams in the world."

Egypt, who have already missed out a place at next year's African Cup of Nations, will be without Amr Zaki and Mohamed Abdul-Shafi for Monday's game due to injuries.

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