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Carlos Queiroz happy with 'football feast'
26/06/2010  by Telegraph.co.uk
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Boos rained down on the Moses Mabhida Stadium pitch after fans watched a goalless draw between Portugal and Brazil in their final World Cup Group G game, but the Portugal coach thought it was a good game.

Carlos content: Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz seemed to disagree with the fans inside the stadium by calling his side's match with Brazil 'a football feast'.

One of the most anticipated group stage games of the tournament disappointed as Brazil clinched first place and Portugal claimed the point they needed to advance to the World Cup last 16.

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz insisted, however, the contest contained plenty of excitement

''I think it was a great show, a football feast,'' he said. ''Brazil played very strong in the first few minutes but after their initial period of domination, Portugal slowly started to control the game.

''In the end, it was a game where we attacked and they defended.

''Today is a day to celebrate because Portugal has qualified with a great degree of merit.

''It was a great game of football, the players played extremely well and they must be congratulated.

''I think the draw was a fair result.''

Queiroz, whose side finished one point clear of the Ivory Coast, insisted Portugal could take positives from the performance.

''We did not concede a goal and from our last 26 games, we have now kept a clean sheet in our last 22,'' he said.

''Today, my players were ready to sacrifice themselves, to fight in order to get a result.

''When you play against a Brazil side that has beautiful and great players, you have to give everything.

''When it was necessary to defend, we defended and when we needed to attack we attacked.

''I think my team as a whole merited the man-of-the-match award.''

Brazil coach Dunga conceded the South Americans had not produced their best form.

The match in Durban failed to live up to expectations and Dunga was left disappointed with the outcome.

''No, we are not happy,'' he said. ''Brazil always plays to win and we tried to attack until the end.

''Portugal didn't want to attack, they wanted to defend.

''My team is always ready to go forward and that was the case today.''

Dunga admitted his side were frustrated by Portugal's defensive tactics.

''The Portuguese team defended from midfield backwards,'' he said. ''It made it difficult to penetrate their defence.

''We nevertheless had three or four goalscoring opportunities.''

Dunga believes the absence of suspended Kaka and injured Elano in midfield did not hinder his side.

''Kaka and Elano are exceptional players,'' said Dunga. ''But the way in which Portugal played, it would have made it difficult for Kaka and Elano to help us more today.''

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