Brazil vs. Uruguay: Key Battles to Watch in Confederations Cup Semifinal

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Brazil vs. Uruguay: Key Battles to Watch in Confederations Cup Semifinal
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Brazil meets Uruguay in Wednesday's Confederations Cup semifinal in Belo Horizonte's Mineirao stadium, as two of South America's three previous World Cup winners—Argentina the other—renew their classic rivalry.

Brazil, led by a vociferous home support, have sauntered their way into the knockout stages with three wins in three group matches, scoring nine times and conceding just twice. Yet older supporters will be wary of their opponents, who beat the Selecao in the 1950 World Cup final by two goals to one, in Rio de Janeiro; it remains to this day the only World Cup match Brazil have ever lost on home soil.

Uruguay's decimation of Tahiti in their final game secured their place in the last four, La Celeste overcame defeat to world champions Spain in their opening match by emerging with a key win over Nigeria before their victory against the Tahitians ensured their qualification from Group B.

The occasion on Wednesday evening offer much as it features some of the world football's brightest stars. Whether the game becomes a free-flowing affair of artistic endeavor or an overly-physical battle, it'll no doubt make for compulsive viewing.

With all that being said, here's a look at some of the key matchups which will take place on the field in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday:

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