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Coutinho Ready to Face Criticisms after World Cup Exit

Coutinho Ready to Face Criticisms after World Cup Exit

Star man from Brazil, Philippe Coutinho, has said that he has braced himself to receive any amount of backlash after Brazil shockingly lost to Belgium in the quarter-final of the World Cup.

Football news: Brazil bowed out of the World Cup after 2-1 defeat to Belgium in quarter-finals

An own goal from Fernandinho and a fine strike from Kevin De Bruyne put Belgium ahead at the intervals. A header from substitute Renato Augusto gave Tite’s men hope, but the favourites could not find an equaliser despite a frantic finish.

After the match the playmaker from Barcelona told SporTV, "We wanted to go all the way to the final but we've given our best shot. Everyone gave everything."

"I'm sure will be beaten up by criticism from all sides. Life goes on, that's football. You win and you lose.

"We're sad because we wanted to win badly, like all Brazil. Unfortunately, we couldn't."

The 2018 Russia World Cup might be the last World Cup for many Brazilian players as nine players from the 23-man squad are in their 30s.

The 33-year-old defender Miranda did not confirm about his international future and is quite uncertain about whether it would be his last appearance at the football’s greatest tournament.

"It's hard to talk about it because all players here are part of a generation," he said.

"I won't say goodbye, but I also won't confirm that I'll be there for the next World Cup."

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