Brazil and Australia square-up on Saturday with Selecao coach Luis Felipe Scolari calling the encounter a World Cup match.
As hosts of next year's tournament Brazil are already through to the finals, with Australia emerging from Asian qualifying to join them.
A celebratory mood should at least be guaranteed at the Mane Garrincha as a result and Scolari is looking forward to a dry-run ahead of the main event in 2014.
``This is a World Cup encounter,'' the well-travelled former Chelsea coach said.
``Australia play with nine men behind the midfield and seven or eight players are taller than 1.85 metres.
``They play very different to us and are the kind of rival that we can clash in the tournament.''
There is unlikely to be a sighting of Chelsea midfielder Oscar on Saturday.
The playmaker has a sprained ankle picked up in training on Thursday.
``It is very difficult for Oscar to recover, but he is working hard to do it,'' Scolari added.
``He is so dedicated that I can not rule him out, but I am not going to take any risks.''
Oscar's club team-mate Ramires stands by in case a space opens up, having missed out on the successful Confederations Cup campaign.
``If Oscar is not ready, I have Ramires, who plays in the same position,'' Scolari said.
``But I also have the chance to change the strategy and play with two defensive midfielders and two offensive.''