Brazil midfielder Oscar discusses his defensive display against ColombiaOscar will be without Neymar for the rest of the tournament now -
Oscar was pleased to help contribute towards Brazil's 2-1 quarter-final victory over Colombia on Friday night.
The Chelsea man didn’t have much of an influence on the match in an attacking sense – only having one shot and making just one key pass according to WhoScored.com.
However, once again he provided his worth with an excellent defensive display. He made four tackles, one interception and two clearances as he again worked his socks off for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team.
Oscar spoke to Lancenet after the game about his performance, he said: “I looked over the game and stayed only defending on the right which is hard for me.
“But if it is the only way, to be defending and winning, I want to win.
“I played in various positions, trying to steal the ball, control the game and to help us win.”
Oscar certainly played an important part in helping Brazil win, even if his critics would suggest otherwise.
And now the 22-year-old is looking forward to facing Germany in the semi-finals, though he accepts the hosts will need to improve even more.
“Against Colombia the touch of the ball was better,” Oscar insisted.
“The whole team played well, so it's easier. We have to improve quite a bit, we have a great opponent that is Germany next, but we also have a great team.”