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Brazil says tough win helps team mature for WCup

Updated: June 27, 2013, 3:57 AM ET
Associated Press

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By TALES AZZONI

AP Sports Writer

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil -- Brazil says the hard-fought win over an experienced Uruguay squad has helped the team mature and gain more confidence for next year's World Cup -- also being staged on home ground.

Brazil struggled to beat Uruguay 2-1 in the semifinal of the Confederations Cup on Wednesday, but coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and his players say there are a lot of positives to take from the match at Mineirao Stadium.

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