Coach sits back and admires Brazilians

NZ Newswire Updated August 2, 2012, 7:24 am

Oly Whites coach Neil Emblen says his players should learn plenty from the soccer lesson Brazil gave them at the Olympics.

Needing a victory to have any chance of making the quarter-finals, the Oly Whites couldn't handle the threat Real Madrid left-back Marcelo and exciting striker Neymar, to go down 3-0 at St James' Park in Newcastle.

"We were on the bench admiring how they play, their moving and passing," Emblen said.

"You just see how their players work, we've just got to learn from this experience. Not only they are technically good, but they work hard as well."

Some slick interplay created the first goal in the 23rd minute for Danilo before more dazzling passing, including a backheel drag from Marcelo, created a second six minutes later for Leandro Damiao.

Tottenham midfielder Sandro added a third after a free kick found him unmarked at the far post and despite having Alex Sandro dismissed with 14 minutes left for diving inside the penalty area their defence was rarely troubled.

Brazil won the group with nine points from three matches, while New Zealand exited with one point from a 1-1 draw with Egypt.

"I think they will win gold and I shouldn't be saying this as I'm from Great Britain, but I hope they do it," Emblen said.

He said the team had improved and both the All Whites and age group teams should learn from the experience.

"All the players will go back into the All Whites frame with better experience. It can only add to our campaign for the World Cup moving forward."

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