(Sporting Alert) — Neymar is on the starting sheet, but Thiago Silva is only on the bench Brazil in tonight friendly football international clash with rivals Italy at Stade de Geneve.
David Luiz and Dante have been handed the starting places at center-back, with Dani Alves and Filipe Luis playing alongside them.
There was no place for Real Madrid midfielder Kaka in the starting team, however, with the powerful attacking lineup being led by one of the world’s most wanted strikers, Neymar.
Oscar, Hulk and Fred are all starters as well, with Marcelo and the on form Diego Costa both among the substitutes.
Meanwhile, Mario Balotelli has been partnered by Pablo Osvaldo in the attack for Italy, with his AC Milan striker partner Stephan El Shaarawy left on the bench.
The strong midfield includes Daniele De Rossi, Riccardo Montolivo and the evergreen Andrea Pirlo.
Italy v Brazil
Italy: Buffon, Maggio, Bonucci, Barzagli, De Sciglio, De Rossi, Montolivo, Pirlo, Giaccherini, Osvaldo, Balotelli
Subs: De Sanctis, Antonelli, Poli, Abate, Gilardino, Giovinco, Astori, El Shaarawy, Ranocchia, Candreva, Diamanti, Cerci, Sirigu, Marchetti
Brazil: Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Luiz, Dante, Filipe Luis, Fernando, Hernanes, Oscar, Neymar, Hulk, Fred
Subs: Cavalieri, Jean, Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Gustavo, Diego Costa, Kaka, Osvaldo
Referee: Stephan Studer (Switzerland)