BRAZIL, who are already through to the next stage of the World Cup, want to keep their momentum going into the round of 16 by beating Portugal tomorrow.
A win would also allow Brazil to finish first in Group G, possibly avoiding a match against European champions Spain in the next round.
Brazil can finish first even with a draw in Durban. They lead the group with six points, two more than Portugal, who virtually clinched a second-round spot after defeating North Korea 7-0. Ivory Coast have one point and the Koreans zero.
"Brazil need to go into the match thinking about winning it," said star playmaker Kaka, who will not play after being sent off against Ivory Coast.
A victory would also allow Brazil to play the second-round match in Johannesburg, where they have been training since arriving in South Africa last month. The second-placed team will have to travel to Cape Town for the round of 16.
"Our goal is to keep playing better during the competition," said captain Lucio. "We need to use this match to try to fix the mistakes we have made, to be prepared for the decisive stages."
Brazil began their quest for a sixth world title with a difficult 2-1 win over North Korea at Ellis Park, struggling to break through some tough defending. They played better in the second match, beating Ivory Coast 3-1 at Soccer City.
"It's important for the team to keep improving as the tournament goes on," coach Dunga said. Brazil and Portugal are deeply connected nations. They are the only Portuguese-speaking countries at the World Cup, and Portugal enter the tournament with three Brazil-born players - Deco, Liedson and Pepe.
The teams have played two friendlies since the 2006 World Cup in Germany, with Portugal winning 2-0 in 2007 in London and Brazil emerging 6-2 winners a year later in Brasilia, Brazil's capital.
"There is always a rivalry between Brazil and Portugal," Kaka said. - Sapa-AP