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Brazil expected bigger win: Scolari

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Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said he had expected to beat Turkey by a greater margin than 1-0.

"We expected a victory by more goals," he said. "But it didn't happen. I want to congratulate the Turkish players and coach. For Turkey to reach the last four of the World Cup is not easy. I really congratulate them."

Brazil won with a single goal from Ronaldo in the 49th minute.

"We knew they would be tough opposition," Scolari said. "They play differently, especially in midfield and attack. They make a lot of chances."

The coach said Ronaldo, who had been doubtful before the start with a thigh injury, gave no rise for concern even though he was substituted in the 68th minute.

"When I saw him with that strange haircut at the training ground, I knew it was a positive sign that he would play," he said. "We know him so well.

"He has no problem with tiredness. We took him off just to keep him fresh for the final."

Of Germany, his next opponents in the final, Scolari said: "They are a strong team with a great tradition and they deserve respect. I want to extend my warmest congratulations to (German coach) Rudi Voeller.

"We both had difficulties qualifying and both reached the finals at the last moment.

"When we met at the draw, we hugged each other and told each other that maybe we would meet in the final.

"I'm sure we will hug each other again then. May the best team win."

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