Tostao: 'Brazil won't deliberately harm Argentina chances'

Brazil World Cup winner Tostao believes his nation will want to win its final qualifier against Chile.

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Brazil coach Tite with Neymar.

Brazil will want to beat Chile even if it helps Argentina in World Cup qualifying, according to Tostao. Tite's Brazil has already sealed a spot at Russia 2018 ahead of hosting Chile on the final matchday in CONMEBOL qualifying on Tuesday.

The nation's rival, Argentina, is sixth — outside even the play-off spot — ahead of a trip to Ecuador, but a win would see it secure at least a top-five finish.

Tostao, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 1970, insisted Tite's side would be desperate to beat Chile, who are also at risk of missing out. "The sports programs here in Brazil have talked a lot about that. They ask the question if we have to support Brazil or we must support for Argentina to miss the World Cup," he said.

"The rivalry with Argentina is very big and everyone knows that, but I can say with certainty that Brazil isn't thinking of helping Chile, or anything.

"Brazil will play for Brazil. They want to win for them, but I think Tite can make one or two changes to test players."

Argentina (25 points) is sixth, but will rise above Colombia (26) or Peru (25) with a win — with the latter duo meeting in Lima.

Chile (26 points) is third, behind Uruguay (28) and runaway group winners Brazil (38), while Paraguay (24) can also sneak in.