World Cup 2010: Brazil star Robinho blasts 'lack of attention' after shock defeat to the Netherlands

Bastos and Fabiano also express disappointment at exit...
Robinho has admitted that a lack of concentration and "two silly balls" were to blame after Brazil crashed out of World Cup 2010 to the Netherlands.

The Selecao looked to be cruising to the semi-final stage after the Manchester City rebel gave them the lead on 10 minutes. But an own goal and red card from Felipe Melo after the break bookended Wesley Sneijder's goal that sealed a 2-1 win for the Dutch.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Robinho bemoaned a 'lack of attention.' He said: "The first half was excellent. Two silly balls cost us the World Cup.

"We lacked attention. In the first half we thought we could win by a large margin and we lacked attention in the second half."

Lyon left-back Michel Bastos gave away the free kick in the build-up to Melo's own goal. Speaking to the press in a flood of tears, he admitted the exit was "sad and painful."

"I think we started the match very well, creating opportunities. We got nervous after they equalized. They had two opportunities," Bastos said.

"It was sad and painful. Dunga made the decision to take me out so I would not pick up the second yellow card. I think it was the right decision. We were focused and we had the feeling that things were going to go the right's complicated."

After Brazil went behind, head coach Dunga made the surprise call to take off the nation's top scorer at the tournament, Luis Fabiano. The Sevilla striker refused to criticise the departing 1994 World Cup winner's decision and thanked him for his time in charge of the Samba Boys.

"We were surprised in the second half. We made some mistakes, which is normal in football. We have to hold our head high, as we are a winning group. But life continues. Football is like this. We were surprised in the second half," Fabiano stated.

"The team tried, but unfortunately our style of play was neutralized by the opponent. In the second half they were very aggressive and I think the referee stopped the match too much.

"The coach is seeing the match from outside so he knows better. I want to thank Dunga as he was the best coach I ever had. The one that had the most confidence in me. I have to accept his decisions."

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