Saturday June 28 2014
Scolari: 'Three steps to Heaven'

Luiz Felipe Scolari said Brazil are “three steps from Heaven” after a hard-fought win over Chile put them in the quarter-finals.

The hosts were forced all the way to a penalty shoot-out after the 1-1 draw in 120 minutes.

“We took upon ourselves this mission that we must be champions. If you make a promise you must deliver. This is what the players are doing,” said Scolari in his Press conference.

“There are three more to see if we can reach Heaven. In every match, the difficulties are escalating. The World Cup has show that teams are very balanced. If you cannot exploit one or two or three chances, as we didn’t today, then you might pay the price for that and go out.”

Neymar is only 22 years old, but shouldered the pressure of taking the last penalty in the shoot-out.

“He’s mature. He has been ready since he was 17 or 18 years old. He is a simple player, he likes playing football. He takes a penalty as if he was playing with friends.”

Brazil will now face Colombia in the quarter-finals, as Los Cafeteros beat Uruguay 2-0, but the Coach noted Neymar has a knock to the thigh and “will take a few days to recover.”

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