Both the players and the staff were left feeling upbeat following the Selecao's fight back in Asuncion on Tuesday, praising the spirit it took to rescue a point
While disappointed not to take all three points, the nature of Brazil’s 2-2 draw with Paraguay in Asuncion on Tuesday left the team upbeat. A dramatic late Dani Alves equaliser completed the fightback after a disappointing showing had left the Selecao two goals down to Ramon Diaz’s side.
It was only the second time since Dunga’s July 2014 appointment that Brazil had found themselves two goals down, and the first time they had come back from that margin to salvage something from the game.
The draw leaves them sixth in Conmebol World Cup qualifying. Here's what the players had to say about the result.
"It was a very difficult match, against an opponent who eliminated us in the Copa America. We knew that they wouldn’t seek to play much, but rather to sit back and try to do some damage to our defence on the counter attack. We left them too much space to exploit and we must correct that. But when it does not go our way we are characterised by our spirit and that is what got us back into the game.”
"The team really fought. Everybody must to be congratulated for what we showed in the second half, and we just need to believe in our team a bit more. We came here to win but it is always difficult to play in this stadium. Let’s keep working and trying to improve. To keep working is what is most important now. Everyone here is a grown man and we all know that things will change."
"We have had some great games both in qualifying and in the Copa America, but the team didn’t really know how to suffer as the opponent defends deep and launches long balls. Now we have learned how to find solutions to different problems, to make them suffer. But it will often be like this, there will be no easy games in qualification.”
"I'm very happy to get the result, and with the courage of Dunga in the second half to make the changes. It really was a 'Welcome to the qualifiers'. What happened here today is very important for the rest of qualifying. The big secret is knowing how to react in these moments. Dunga has lived them as a player and knows how to do that.
"At the moment we see a team that are now in sixth place, but a win would have put us in second or third. I am happy today because I had not seen that sort of reaction from the team in other games.”