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Australian Joeys narrowly defeated by Brazil at U17 World Cup

The Qantas Joeys have given one of the tournament favourites an almighty scare as they were edged out 0-1 by Brazil at Estadio Guadalajara in their second Group F match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011.

The Qantas Joeys more than held their own against the South Americans in what was a vast improvement on Tuesday's performance against Côte d'Ivoire, in which they ironically won. This time was the opposite as the Qantas Joeys did enough to get something from the contest, but were left with nothing to show for it.

World Cup matches can often be decided by a single defining moment, and the one that decided this game, cruelly for the Joeys, came courtesy of an exceptional 76th minute free kick from Brazilian number 10 Adryan.

Despite the loss, Qantas Joeys Head Coach Jan Versleijen was significantly more satisfied than after his team's first match, as they predominantly followed the game plan down to a tee to close down Brazil's strengths and capitalise on their weaknesses.

All that was missing was a result that would have confirmed the Qantas Joeys in the next round, which will now depend on their final group match against Denmark on Sunday.

"I think we were well prepared, the way we like to play against Brazil," Versleijen said.

"We knew also that we would be under pressure because they (Brazil) have players who are able to play combinations, beat people and their counter attack is very dangerous, so until the free kick in front of the goal I was very happy with the way we could deal with Brazil.

"Even in the first 20 minutes we had a few opportunities. In any game you will get opportunities and if you have a chance you have to take them.

"Of course I would be happy if it was nil-all as it would mean we already qualified for the next round, so now we have to try and do it in the next game. But I am happy with the way we played, I'm also happy with the way we executed the game plan and I'd like to congratulate Brazil because they have a really good team that is difficult to beat."

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