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Oscar eyes end to Brazil exile, seeks spot in WC squad
March 09, 2018
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Shanghai: Oscar said he’s hoping to force his way back into the Brazil squad for this year’s World Cup after the former Chelsea star made it five goals in two games for Shanghai SIPG.

 The attacking midfielder, who moved to the Chinese Super League (CSL) last year for an Asian-record 60 million euros from Chelsea, has not been picked for Brazil since October 2016.

 But with the World Cup in Russia less than 100 days away, the 26-year-old has made a spectacular start to the new season in China, scoring a hat-trick in SIPG’s opener at the weekend in an 8-0 thrashing of Dalian Yifang.

 He followed that up with both goals in a 2-2 home draw with Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday and said afterwards: “I am very happy that I am in good form.

 “I have played for the Brazilian national team for five years and this year is World Cup year so I think I have the opportunity to go for that. “What I need to do is keep in good form for SIPG and keep playing the way I am now.”

Agence France-Presse

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