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Dull game only livened by physical confrontations...

Brazil's World Cup 2010 star Lucio brushed off the foul play during the gritty 0-0 Group F draw with Portugal as "normal" for such a game.

The highly-billed match failed to ignite into life as a game of few chances and little energy was played out in Johannesburg. Only some niggly tackles and seven yellow cards lifted the match from the mundane as both sides headed towards second round qualification.

Speaking to reporters, skipper Lucio insisted the fiesty affair was normal when two top teams meet and dismissed the decision to hand Cristiano Ronaldo's the man of the match award.

"Without doubt, it's something from FIFA. We know the player he is, but in football there's no justice," Lucio said.

"We know that both teams want to win and sometimes a more violent challenge. But it's normal."

This afternoon's drab stalemate saw Brazil finish top of the group. Goalkeeper Julio Cesar was in confident mood ahead of the knockout stages.

"We are happy to qualify in first in a tough group. We want to stay here until July 11 [the date of the final]," the shot-stopper said.

"Whatever the opponent is, we are prepared to go through."

He also moved to calm any fears about the blow he received to his back during the fixture, which required the Inter man to put on extra padding.

He added: "I don't have a pain in my back. I don't feel pain in my back. It's just for protection, I feel safer with that protection."

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