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Russia, Brazil in talks for pre-World Cup friendly

IANS  |  Rio de Janeiro 

and are close to confirming an international friendly ahead of next year's FIFA World Cup, according to Russia's top football official.

Vitaly Mutko, the president of the Russian Football Union, said talks with the Brazilian Football Confederation were at an advanced stage, according to the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper, reports Xinhua news agency.

"We really want it to happen and so does Brazil, so it's very possible," Mutko was quoted as saying. "But I can't confirm it yet. We are talking about it."

The game will take place in November or March, the report said.

coach Stanislav Cherchesov said he would welcome a duel with the five-time World Cup winners.

"When I'm asked I say that I want to play against Brazil," Cherchesov said. "It would be an honour and the experience would be very useful."



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First Published: Sat, June 17 2017. 13:56 IST