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Ronaldinho disappoints

  • Reuters, Wednesday, February 29, 2012 1:15 AM

After Brazil beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1 in Switzerland thanks to an own goal, Brazil coach Mano Menezes criticized performances by Ronaldinho and David Luiz.

“I think he (Ronaldinho) was below his usual standards,” Menezes said. “On several occasions, the moves ended there, he didn’t continue the moves or provide the final pass which he is capable of and which is a characteristic of his."

Menezes said mistakes were part of the game but that Luiz, who was marking Bosnia forward Edin Dzeko, had let his error that led to Bosinia's goal affect him for the rest of the game.

“He lost concentration because of a mistake which is normal in the life of a soccer player,” said Menezes. “Individually, he was not up to his usual standards, and he knows that. We had a chat after the game and halftime. ... He marked a player who is very difficult to mark. Dzeko likes a physical battle, he accepted this type of battle and lost out twice in individual tussles.”

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