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UPDATED: 10:46, July 08, 2006
Scolari admits third-place match represents suffering
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Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has admitted that it would be hard to motivate the players for the third place match only days after the bitter loss in the semifinals of the World Cup.

"It's difficult to stop our players and ourselves thinking about what we missed out on. You think about what you've lost and not about what you might win,"said Scolari.

"If you're on our side of the fence, this game represents suffering, rather than a match you are happy to take part in.

"But it's part and parcel of the World Cup and we have to be optimistic."

Portugal went down to a 1-0 defeat against France on Wednesday, sunk by a controversial penalty.

In the third-place match, Portugal will face hosts Germany, who were beaten 2-0 by Italy on Tuesday.

Source: Xinhua

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