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Brazil-Colombia: Quotes

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 Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil coachWe didn’t have a problem with tiredness after the Chile game and the team made a full recovery, as you could see in the first half. If we’d have got the second goal then, it would have settled our nerves a bit more. The goal we conceded came about because we gave away possession and were caught off balance. They really committed men forward, with three strikers and James dropping into space. Our front men had to do a lot more running too, but we got there in the end. We’ve still got two steps to go but we’ve got the ability to get there.

David Luiz, Budweiser Man of the Match (BRA)I’d like to congratulate both teams on what was a great game. Colombia have had a great World Cup and have played some really good football. Today we really went for it, though, and played the kind of football everyone likes watching, with a lot of intensity and going for goal the whole time. As for my free-kick, I’ve been waiting all year for one like that, with Chelsea too, and Willian came up and had a joke with me about it. I’m delighted it came in this game. I hit the ball well and it was lovely to watch it going in, moving like that, which made it very hard for the keeper.

*Jose Pekerman, Colombia coach *We knew that Brazil would have learned something from the Chile game and that they’d play better. We went into this game without conceding in our last match and then we went and let one in straightaway. It allowed the Brazilians to relax a little and put a bit of pressure on us, causing us to stop playing the kind of football we’ve been producing up to now. Maybe we were too keen to get the equaliser and we lost our balance as a result. We improved in the second half, though, and moved the ball around faster. Our players started to worry Brazil, and a lot of the time they just cleared the ball as fast they could. In the end, we began to make our intensity count and we started to create more chances. Their second caught us off guard but we kept on fighting and came very close.

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