Brazil still praising Spain despite heavy loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm •  Published: June 14, 2014

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Brazil players are not writing off Spain's chances of winning the World Cup despite the defending champions' shock defeat to the Netherlands.

Brazil playmaker Oscar and defender Henrique admitted Saturday they were surprised by Spain's 5-1 stunning loss to the Dutch, but said they didn't think the titleholders are done just yet.

Oscar said Friday's rout could spark a reaction by Spain that will keep it in contention for the title.

If Brazil wins Group A, it will play the second-place team in Group B, which could very well be Spain after Friday's defeat. Chile and Australia are the other sides in Spain's group.

"Spain remains a top team and this loss maybe will help them become stronger," Oscar said. "Everybody should still respect their team. The Netherlands deserved to win the way they did, but Spain is still a great national team."

Henrique said Friday's match in Salvador could have been different had Spain converted its scoring chances when it was leading 1-0.

"Football is like that sometimes," the Napoli defender said. "If they had scored the second goal, it would have been another match. But they didn't and that allowed the Netherlands to pick up the pace and get all the goals."

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