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‘Improved’ Brazil draw with Russia

NO WORRIES:Although the 2014 World Cup hosts are without a win in their past five games, manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is confident they are moving forward

AFP and Reuters, LONDON

“The target that everyone knows about is to play in the World Cup,” Capello said.

However, a fan who ran onto the pitch in the closing minutes of the match caused his players to lose concentration and concede the last-minute goal by Fred that cost them victory, Capello added.

“My only disappointment is that after a supporter came on the pitch my players lost their concentration and against Brazil you cannot lose your concentration,” he said.

Earlier another supporter had run on the pitch and was also quickly bundled away by security, but when Scolari was told what Capello had said, he replied with a story of his own.

“When I was a coach in Portugal we were playing against Estonia and a very beautiful girl came on the pitch topless, everyone was looking at her — even me. At the time the game was 0-0, and we ended up winning it 2-0,” Scolari said. “I don’t know if the guy today distracted the Russian team, but who knows, it can happen.”

Apart from the intruders, Capello said he was delighted with the way his team played as they chalked up their eighth unbeaten match.

Capello, back in England where he coached the national team for four years, taking them to the World Cup in 2010, was asked what he thought of England’s chances in their qualifier against Montenegro yesterday.

“It’s not my problem,” the Italian said, smiling.

“Tomorrow I will probably watch the France versus Spain game on the television,” he added.

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