Brazil's Neymar & Alexandre Pato blame poor finishing for Copa America draw with Venezuela

The talented forwards have vowed to sharpen their goal-scoring abilities in order to find the net in their next matches after a dull draw in their opening fixture
Brazil duo Alexandre Pato and Neymar blamed their side's lack of inspiration in front of goal for their goalless draw against Venezuela at Copa America.

The five-time Fifa World Cup champions were highly favoured to win the match, but had just two clear chances to score throughout the game and failed to capitalise on both occasions.

After the match, Pato, who sent the ball against the bar in the first-half, stated he and his team-mates must move on, saying: "I tried, but unfortunately the ball hit the woodwork. The game did not go as we expected. Now we have to forget about this game."

Neymar stated his side will work on improving their effectiveness in attack ahead of the next match, against Paraguay, but did not look too frustrated with Sunday's draw.

"This was a good game and our team did very well. We have to work more on our finishing. We want to win, we always do. The goal did not come, but we will work this week for them to come," he noted.

Brazil defender Thiago Silva lamented Venezuela's defensive approach to the game and added his side should have played wider, saying: "We apologise, because if we had scored in the first-half, the game would have been different.

"Against teams who play so closed, it is hard to play in the middle, we should have played more on the wings to find more space."

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