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RIBEIRAO PRETO---Midfielder Yohan Cabaye
returns to the France lineup with a strong message
for his teammates: don t be overconfident.
Cabaye will face Nigeria in tomorrow s Round of
16 game as France aims to reach the World Cup quar-
terfinals for the first time since 2006, the year it lost
the final to Italy.
Cabaye was suspended for Wednesday s 0-0 draw
with Ecuador, and his crisp passing was sorely missed.
Since that game, defender Bacary Sagna and mid-
fielder Morgan Schneiderlin --- Cabaye s replacement
against Ecuador---confidently promoted France s
chances, with Sagna saying on Friday it would be "a
failure" not to win the tournament.
"It s great to be ambitious and that s why we re
here. But to say we re going to win the World Cup
is a lot," Cabaye said. "Confidence shouldn t become
arrogance because that s when you have big prob-
Although France is touted as the pre-match favorite
against a Nigeria lineup playing in the knockout phase
for the first time since 1998---the year France won
the World Cup---Cabaye thinks looking beyond Mon-
day s game only makes things more difficult, as well
as being disrespectful to the African champions.
"One false step and you re home, so you already
have that pressure. I respect this Nigeria team, and
we can go through but to say we can win the World
Cup ... well you have to be careful," he said. "Even
with the mentality and determination we have on the
pitch there s nothing to say we won t be beaten by
a better side. Going from having ambition to saying
we have to win the World Cup is putting yourself
under unnecessary pressure."
France has kept two clean sheets so far, but the
way it allowed two goals in quick succession in the
5-2 win against Switzerland showed what can happen
when complacency creeps in.
"When we ease up a bit we re vulnerable to con-
ceding goals. We showed that against the Swiss
although it was 5-0 by then," Cabaye said. "We can t
relax at any point and those two goals will serve as
a good lesson for us."
BELO HORIZONTE---Four years after making the
mistake that led to Brazil s elimination from the
World Cup, Julio Cesar came up big.
Cesar made two saves in yesterday s penalty
shootout victory and watched Chile s last shot from
the spot smack the post, helping save Brazil from
a humiliating loss in the second round of the World
The score was level 1-1 after extra time, and Brazil
ended up winning 3-2 on penalties to reach the
quarterfinals for the sixth consecutive World Cup.
Cesar has always admitted that his mistake on a
ball crossed into the area in 2010 led to Brazil s 2-
1 loss to the Netherlands in the quarterfinals in South
Africa, something which left him devastated.
This time, there were only tears of joy.
"Four years ago I gave a very sad, angry and emo-
tional interview," the goalkeeper said, wiping away
tears. "And today I m doing this again, with happiness.
Only God and my family know what I went through
and still go through today, but I know that my story
is not over with the Selecao."
Cesar was visibly emotional even before the penalty
shootout, when teammates walked over to hug him
and wish him well. His eyes appeared to be watering
and he seemed to have a hard time staying com-
"My teammates are giving me a lot of strength
so I can get on the field and give my best," Cesar
said. "There are only three steps left and I still want
to be back here to give another interview, with Brazil
Cesar stopped the first two shots by Chile in the
shootout, staying near the middle of the goal to block
Mauricio s Pinilla s attempt, then diving to his right
to deflect Alexis Sanchez s strike.
"I just kept my focus, that s all I had to do," Cesar
On the final penalty, Cesar dived to his left and
just watched as Gonzalo Jara s shot struck the post
and rebounded away.
Four years after mistake,
Cesar keeps Brazil alive
Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar dives for the ball
as the decisive penalty hit the goalpost during
the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between
Brazil and Chile at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo
Horizonte, Brazil, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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