Brasilia, Brazil: Brazil captain Thiago Silva on Friday spoke out in defence of coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has come in for a barrage of criticism in the wake of the World Cup hosts' embarrassing semifinal defeat to Germany. (Brazil Playing for Pride)
"The defeat was not Felipao's fault. We are a group, and although I was not on the field I am part of that group," said Silva, who missed Tuesday's record 7-1 defeat in Belo Horizonte due to suspension.
The Paris Saint-Germain centre-back, who is set to return to the side in Saturday's third-place play-off against the Netherlands in Brasilia, watched on as Brazil found themselves 5-0 down inside half an hour in the semifinal after conceding four goals in just six minutes. (Van Gaal Gunning for Brazil)