Robinho rues substitution, wanted to take penalty


Goal-scorer Robinho stated he was disappointed to be substituted, ruling him out of Brazil’s losing shoot-out to Paraguay in the Copa America.
Brazil forward Robinho rued not having the ability to participate in the penalty shoot-out that saw Paraguay oust them from the Copa America yet once more.
Robinho’s goal within the opening quarter-hour had Brazil on track to progress previous the quarter-finals in Concepcion.
However, Derlis Gonzalez equalised from the spot and after that, with nothing at all to separate the sides in the end of 90 minutes, scored the winning penalty for any 4-3 shoot-out win.
Douglas Costa and Everton Ribeiro have been the shoot-out culprits for Brazil.
Robinho was unable to take a spot-kick following getting replaced by Ribeiro within the 87th minute, and admitted he had hoped Dunga would allow him to stay around the field.
It was the second consecutive time Paraguay ousted Brazil from a Copa, right after also sending them packing from Argentina in 2011 just after a shoot-out.
“I wanted to stay to take a penalty, but I have to respect the coach’s selection,” Robinho told SporTV just after the game.
“Usually I’m there to take a penalty. Now we must face it – our team has a lot to enhance on. If one loses, everybody loses.”
The Santos man felt that a poor second-half display and also the sloppy concession of a spot-kick that led towards the equaliser was to blame for their elimination.
“Sadly, our overall performance dropped inside the second half. We had the opportunity to finish the game. All due respect, but Paraguay aren’t among the best national teams,” he added.
“We could have won it, but we didn’t and conceded in a silly fashion.”
Stand-in captain Miranda defended the preparation taken by his side’s penalty-takers, and stated the team had been currently searching ahead to the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
“The ones who had been prepared had been chosen to take the kicks. That’s the issue with penalties, occasionally it is possible to be ready and fail,” he said to SporTV.
“Only these who are there can fail or succeed. They were ready but two failed – it takes place.
“It’s a sad moment. We had a strong efficiency but then we conceded – on an aerial play – a penalty, and we had been unfortunate within the shoot-out.
“We must raise our heads and now think of the World Cup qualifiers – that’s probably the most critical issue for us now.”