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Brazil head coach Scolari defends decision not to make early substitutions against Germany

The Brazil head coach may only have one game left as national team boss - Action Images

Luiz Felipe Scolari has defended his decision not to make substitutions during the first half of Brazil’s humiliating defeat to Germany.

The host nation conceded five goals in yesterday’s World Cup semi-final and many felt the national team head coach should have made changes earlier.

However, Scolari believes the quickness in which the goals were scored restricted him from making any decisive decisions until he introduced Paulinho and Ramires at half time.

AS English quoted the 65-year-old, he said: “You can’t start taking players off when you’ve let in four goals in six minutes.

“It’s not normal to concede four goals in six minutes but it can happen. Even Germany couldn’t believe what was happening.

“Changing one or two players wouldn’t have made any difference”.

Scolari went on to ask Brazil fans for forgiveness and remind people that they will work hard to try and achieve a third place finish in the 2014 World Cup.

He added: “Germany had the quality to score four goals in six minutes.

“I ask our fans for forgiveness for the result, we won’t reach the final but we will continue working and we’ll play for third place in Brasilia on Saturday.”

Read more:

> Luiz Felipe Scolari: “Who is responsible for this result? I am, it’s me”
> Luiz Felipe Scolari in no doubt he will continue as Brazil head coach despite ‘catastrophic defeat’

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