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Brazil’s unexpected victory over Portugal

Group C match between Brazil and Portugal turned out to be difficult for the Europeans. On paper they were much stronger than their opponents. Portugal held the first position in the table while Brazil were fifth, two points above Argentina – both South American teams will have to play the President’s Cup, which is a competition for two bottom teams of each group.

The first half was intense and finished 14:12 in favor of Brazilians. After the break tension increased and in the end the South Americans won 27:26.

Top scorers of both teams with 5 goals each, Gustavo De Andre Silva (CB) of Brazil and Francisco Pereira of Portugal were named best players of the game.

WASHINGTON SILVA (Head coach of Brazil): Our defense was very good today and that’s why Portuguese have difficulties in attack. Our positive side was a good attack as well.

RICARDO SANTOS (Head coach of Portugal): Today Brazil played Better then us. We didn’t deserve to win. Now we are on the third place and we have to play against Tunisia, a very good team. Now we have to rest. We will continue working and play better. Unfortunately we couldn’t find solutions for defense of Brazil.

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