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Glory striker Smeltz aims for huge Olympic upset
Shane Smeltz challenges Egypt's Ahmed Hegazi during Sunday's game at Old Trafford. Pic: Getty Images

Perth Glory striker Shane Smeltz and his New Zealand teammates face a near mission impossible on Wednesday as they look to beat the star-studded Brazil side to stay in the Olympic football tournament.

Smeltz will spearhead the Oly-Whites attack in the game at Newcastle United's St James' Park (9.30pm WA time), knowing they will pull off possibly the biggest upset in Olympic soccer history if they were to prevail.

Five-time world champions Brazil, who remarkably have yet to win the Olympic title, boast the man hailed as the game's next superstar, red-hot Barcelona target Neymar, AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato, FC Porto striker Hulk, recent Paris St Germain recruit Thiago Silva and Chelsea's new $A38 million midfielder Oscar.

Brazil have won both their opening Group C games - 3-2 against Egypt and 3-1 over Belarus, where Neymar showed his class with a stunning free-kick goal.

Meanwhile, the Kiwis went down 1-0 to Belarus at the City of Coventry Stadium, before a frustrating 1-1 draw with Egypt in front of 50,000 fans at Manchester United's Old Trafford home.

New Zealand must beat the Brazilians, then hope the Egypt-Belarus result goes their way in Glasgow, if they are to squeeze into the last eight. But even if the Oly-Whites miss out in their victory bid, Smeltz reportedly has one other aim - to be on hand at the final whistle to get Neymar's shirt!

Brazil's Neymar curls in a brilliant free-kick against Belarus. Pic: AP Photo
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