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The midfielder affirmed that his team were in control and did well to prevent their opponents having many chances, while Andre Santos rued his side's poor finishing touch

Liverpool midfielder Lucas believes that Brazil were in the driving seat in their Copa America opener against Venezuela on Sunday.

Brazil had the best chances of the game to break the deadlock and had the momentum throughout the first half, but failed to capitalise on their advantage as the match ended in a goalless draw.

Lucas believes that they did well to keep Venezuela at bay, and told reporters after the game: "We had control of the match, for the most part, we did not let them create a lot of chances.

"We had that ball that the defender cleared off the line and Pato's shot against the post. In the second half, we committed more mistakes. Now, we have to keep on working in the next matches to play with ball possession and create more chances."

Defender Andre Santos lamented his team-mates' poor finishing on Sunday, and stated: "The team created a lot of chances, it was a shame that we were not able to score and win the match.

"The pitch was bad and it hurt us a little bit, but we can't use that as an excuse. We have to do some better finishing."

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