Tiago targets Brazil victory

Posted by dheepan dina on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 0


Portugal midfielder Tiago has set his sights on beating Brazil and winning Group G after his sublime performance inspired a 7-0 hammering Korea DPR.

Carlos Queiroz's men produced a display of fluidity and flair in Cape Town yesterday to earn their first win of the FIFA World Cup™ in style. After labouring in their opening Group G stalemate with the Cote d'Ivoire, they were under pressure to deliver against North Korea with a showdown against Brazil still to come.

They now head into that clash full of confidence after a six-goal rout in the second half made a serious statement to their rivals. "It was very good, we're happy because we scored goals," said two-goal hero Tiago, who was given the man-of-the-match award by official winner Cristiano Ronaldo. That's good, now we're closer to passing through into the knockout stage. We played good football, we're happy for that as much as for scoring a lot of goals. The most important thing was getting the three points.

"We've done that and we're happy, now we start to think about playing Brazil and looking to finish first in the group. To score six goals in 45 minutes I think is fantastic."

The former Chelsea midfielder added: "Now we can breathe and we want to go through. Of course to do that finishing first is better than second, so let's see. We go into the match with confidence now. It's a difficult game against Brazil, they are strong as well."

Raul Meireles scored in the first half before Simao Sabrosa, Hugo Almeida and Tiago hit one apiece within seven second-half minutes. Liedson and Ronaldo got in on the act before Tiago grabbed his second in the dying minutes. Portugal came into the match hoping to boost their goal difference with the Cote d'Ivoire, their main rivals to join Brazil in the next round, still to play a North Korea who were excellent in their 2-1 defeat by Dunga's side in the first game.

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