Luiz Felipe Scolari insists Brazil on track after Uruguay grind

The Confederations event is but a dress rehearsal and on taking the job seven months ago, 11 years on from World Cup glory in Japan, Scolari insisted the ongoing event is a sideshow and should not detract from the true aim of a success in 12 months time.

updated: June 27, 2013 09:24 IST
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Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Brazil coach Luiz Felipe conceded his team cannot yet start dreaming of a sixth World Cup title next year - but they are now just one match away from a third straight Confederations Cup success after edging out Uruguay.

Pretty it was not, and Scolari admitted as much after an oddly uninspired Selacao dug out a 2-1 success over the Celeste, who have haunted them ever since a World Cup final success over the Samba stars in Rio 63 years ago.

"I think we are on the right road," said 'Big Phil' after a Paulinho header saw them drag themselves over the line when it seemed Uruguay, having levelled Fred's bundled opener shortly before the break with a fine Edinson Cavani finish, looked as if they might repeat their 1950 exploits.

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