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The boss says that his side make some mistakes, and the Selecao used it to their advantage...

Cote d'Ivoire boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has come out and apologised for his side's performance against Brazil, going down 3-1.

Eriksson says that the African nation "made a couple of mistakes" and the Selecao made them pay for it on the scoreboard.

"The competition is difficult and every game is very difficult," Eriksson said in his post-match press conference, as reported by "We have had two very difficult games in a row.

"I am sorry about today, we made a couple of mistakes and of course Brazil took advantage of that, but you always expect Brazil and Argentina to do well don't you, because they have very good teams.

"I think the big European teams will go through, like England and Germany, and I hope Ivory Coast as well. A lot depends on tomorrow's game between North Korea and Portugal.

"This Brazilian team can go all the way, they have quality and they defend well. It is very difficult to beat them.

"I think we were very organised. If you remember against Portugal, we defended extremely well. In order to beat Brazil you must play a perfect game.

"At 3-0 down we needed to score goals, and I think we could have scored two.

"In five days we have another game and goal difference could count," he concluded.

Can Cote d'Ivoire go all the way? Check out Castrol Football's 2010 FIFA World Cup Success Predictor.

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