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Scolari praises Brazil's fighting spirit

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Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has praised his side's battling qualities after they beat Belgium 2-0 to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

"Everyone including our fans were very worried before this game but, as I promised, this is a team that goes after the ball, fights for the ball, fights for every minute of the game and I am very happy with them," he said.

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari"We knew about the way Belgium would play with the high balls and for that we practised. We put Edmilson in as a third central defender a bit ahead of the other two to try to stop Belgium's movements.

"We knew we had to try and avoid conceding goals.

"The players pulled together and we knew we had to try to score goals and we have the players who are good at scoring goals from distance," Scolari added.

"Ronaldo needs two players to mark him and can disturb the defence."

Scolari also praised his players for their discipline.

"I am very satisfied with the team. Everything I could have imagined working with a club team is coming true with the national team.

"Team work, unity, dedication, understanding what our fans want. We play with the characteristics of our players. That image which a lot of people stuck on me .. that my team was very violent ... has been disproved in Brazil .. when I worked with Gremio and Palmeiras."

Rivaldo and Ronaldo scored the second half goals that eliminated Belgium and set up a last-eight meeting with England.

"The first thing is to rest today," Scolari added. "We are not going to talk about England yet."

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