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Posted on 3 June 2010  - 12:00

Heurelho Gomes took his chance to stake a claim for Brazil's No.1 jersey at the World Cup on Wednesday.

International Update

Heurelho Gomes took his chance to stake a claim for Brazil's No.1 jersey at the World Cup on Wednesday.

The goalkeeper came on as a first half substitute for the injured Julio Cesar in a friendly with Zimbabwe in Harare.

And our in-form stopper did not disappoint, keeping the Africans at bay in a 3-0 win for Carlos Dunga's men, making a particularly fine save from a Knowledge Musona soon after coming on.

The extent of regular No.1 Cesar's injury is unconfirmed, so it could be a straight fight between Gomes and third keeper Doni of AS Roma for a starting place in Brazil's World Cup opener with North Korea on June 15.

One man certain to play a key role for his country at the Finals is Wilson Palacios, who was also in international action on Wednesday.

He played the first half as Honduras were left frustrated in a 0-0 draw with European minnows Azerbaijan in Austria.

The central Americans get another chance to prove their worth before their opening tournament game with Chile on June 16 when they meet Romania in another friendly on Saturday.

Gomes, meanwhile, will be hoping to feature again in Sunday's friendly with Tanzania, Brazil's last before the Finals begin.

Elsewhere, Giovani Dos Santos and Mexico take on Italy on Thursday, while Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Sebastien Bassong will be looking for game time in the Indomitable Lions' final friendly against Serbia on Saturday.