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Scolari heaps praise on Ramires and Bernard


Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has heaped praise on midfield pair Ramires and Bernard after Brazil thrashed Australia 6-0 on Saturday.

The duo were drafted into the starting line-up after injuries to Hulk and Oscar during the week and were both pivotal as the Seleção romped to victory.

Ramires set up Neymar to score Brazil’s third goal of the night, before finding the net himself with a header in the 58th minute.

"He is agile, fast and can be used either as an attacking midfielder or defender," Scolari said about the Chelsea midfielder.

"The more versatile the player is, the better he is for me. He is a modern player who can help change the team's setup during a match if needed."

Bernard, who joined Shakhtar Donetsk from Atlético Mineiro last month, set up both of Jô's first half goals and troubled Australia's defence with his pace on the right wing.

"He was great. He can play on either the right or left-hand side with excellent tactical awareness," Scolari added. "He is gaining points and cementing his place in the team."

Next up for the World Cup hosts is a friendly against Portugal in Boston, which kicks off in the early hours of Wednesday morning.


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