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Hernanes Expects Tough Test Against Chile

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The Inter midfielder is wary of the threat posed by Jorge Sampaoli's men.

Kevin Cox

Hernanes admitted that Brazil needs to be at its best to beat Chile in their last 16 encounter in Belo Horizonte on Saturday.

The Selecao downed Cameroon 4-1 courtesy of two goals from Neymar and single strikes from Fred and Fernandinho to advance as Group A winners.

The Inter man hailed Neymar's exploits in the tournament and believes the 22-year-old striker is at the top of his game. 

"Neymar is an incredible player, he said in an exclusive interview with's Stefan Coerts. "It's up to our opponents to find a way of stopping him."

Hernanes came off the bench to play a part in Brazil's 3-1 win over Croatia on the opening day, but has been an unused substitute in the past two matches.

Still, the midfielder is hoping to get another chance to impress and warned that Chile will provide a stern test for the hosts.

"Chlle will be another difficult game," he said. "They have some superb players.  You can't afford to make any more mistakes. If you lose, your tournament is over."

Brazil will be heavy favorites to down Chile and progress to the quarterfinals, but as we have seen in this tournament, anything is possible.