Menezes: Don't mention gold
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Brazil coach Mano Menezes is refusing to contemplate winning Olympic gold despite his side's imperious march into the quarter-finals.

The South Americans booked their place in the last eight with a 100 per cent record courtesy of a 3-0 victory over New Zealand at St James' Park, despite having midfielder Alex Sandro sent off 15 minutes from time.

However, Menezes will not allow either himself or his players to look too far ahead. He said: "It's still a long way away. As I say to the players, I am just taking it game by game. We will only really think about the gold if we reach the final."

Kiwis coach Neil Emblen, on the other hand, was confident his team had played the champions after seeing them feel the full force of Brazil's talent on Tyneside.

We have been beaten by a fantastic football team that will probably be gold medalists.
New Zealand coach Neil Emblen on Brazil

Emblen said: "They are just fantastic - we were all on the bench admiring the way they play and their movement, their passing.

"One thing you don't talk about with these players is their work-rate. You just see their players, the way they work out of possession as well, it's great for our lads to see.

"We have just got to learn from this experience, that the best players in the world, not only technically, they work the hardest as well. That's a great lesson for us as a nation today, playing against those boys.

"We have been beaten by a fantastic football team that will probably be gold medalists. I shouldn't really say this being born in Great Britain, but I probably hope they do win it."