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28.03.2007 Football News

LE ROY SINGS PRAISE OF STARS AFTER DEFEAT

By mygfb-Yaw Ampofo-Ankrah
LE ROY SINGS PRAISE OF STARS AFTER DEFEAT

Claude Le Roy was philosophical after suffering his first defeat as Ghana coach following Brazil's 1-0 win in Sweden on Tuesday.The five-time world champions triumphed after Vagner Love converted a 17th-minute corner at Stockholm's Rasunda Stadium.

"I'm very satisfied that we won. It wasn't so easy to play at this level.
"I think we deserved to equalise - we had the chances," the Frenchman said.

"I don't like losing and it's the first defeat in seven matches since I took over the national team, but overall I'm pleased with our game.

"We produced good quality football, and that is very important for the future. I think we deserved a draw to be honest."

One of Ghana's best chances to score came shortly before Brazil's goal when Eric Addo's header forced a diving save from opposing goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

In the second half, both Laryea Kingston and Sulley Muntari, whose free-kick was tipped onto the bar, were denied by the Brazilian stopper.

"It was a physical and tough match for us," said Dunga.

"Ghana came playing hard and marking well. Their squad was set up nicely.

"We should have moved the ball around more often, waiting for the right opportunity. Once we scored, we just tried to control the game."

Meanwhile, Ronaldinho was happy with Brazil's victory and praised the opposition.

"Their team played hard and the playing field didn't help, so it was good to get the victory."

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