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Pato knows Brazil must improve

Brazil forward Alexandre Pato admitted his side’s 2-2 friendly draw with Chile on Wednesday was far from ideal.

In the country’s final fixture before their squad for the 2013 Confederations Cup – a tournament they will host – is announced, Brazil were held by the Chileans in Belo Horizonte.

Pato was involved in Brazil’s second goal, which gave them the lead, supplying the assist for in-demand Santos striker Neymar.

But Eduardo Vargas’ long-range effort in the 65th minute levelled proceedings and ensured both sides were forced to share the spoils.

“It wasn’t the result we had hoped for but we still have time before the Confederations Cup,” Pato said.

“Now I have to concentrate on going back to Corinthians and working as hard as possible to be in the squad [for the tournament].”

Interim captain Ronaldinho – standing in for defender Thiago Silva – echoed his team-mate’s view.

“We tried to do our best, we know we have an important tournament ahead, but we all knew that it was going to be difficult,” Ronaldinho said.

Despite scoring for his country, Neymar was heckled by the crowd throughout the match, especially after missing a terrific chance in the first half.

The 21-year-old said his treatment was “getting boring” but that he was already used to it.

“Obviously no one likes to be jeered and booed. I don’t care about it anymore, though. I get booed each game with the national team. It’s getting boring,” he said.

“We have to get used to being jeered. That’s football. One day you’re booed and the next day people praise you. That’s the way it is.”
Thu 25 April, 2013
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