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Brazil's Paulinho celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Confederations Cup semi-final win over Uruguay. Picture: Bruno Magalhaes/AP

Brazil's Paulinho celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Confederations Cup semi-final win over Uruguay. Picture: Bruno Magalhaes/AP

Brazil's Paulinho celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Confederations Cup semi-final win over Uruguay. Picture: Bruno Magalhaes/AP

BRAZIL insist the hard-fought 2-1 win over an experienced Uruguayan squad has helped their team mature and gain more confidence for next year's World Cup.

Brazil struggled to beat Uruguay 2-1 in the semi-final of the Confederations Cup last night, but coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and his players say there are a lot of positives to take from the match at Mineirao Stadium. Scolari said: "This is what we're doing at this competition, we are growing."

Goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who saved a penalty kick when the match was scoreless, said the victory "is going to play an important role in making the team more mature in the future."

Fred opened the scoring three minutes before the break to put Brazil ahead after Diego Forlan had missed a penalty for Uruguay, which was awarded after Brazil defender David Luiz pulled Diego Lugano down in the box.

Edinson Cavani then equalised early in the second half, thanks in part to some woeful Brazilian defence, before Paulinho sealed a place in the final, where they will face either Italy or Spain on Sunday.


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