first_imgKlinsmann meanwhile showed he was in no mood to cede Klinsmann meanwhile showed he was in no mood to cede ground to his critics, picking the same starting line-up to face Costa Rica that had disappointed in the 2-0 defeat to Colombia. Klinsmanns faith was rewarded with a superb first half display from his team. “I think it was, overall, a very pleasant performance,” Klinsmann said. “It confirms the spirit of the group. They are all there for each other, the whole bench is jumping up and down when we score. Everybody wants the others to do well. Its a good group of guys that we have together. “They deserve a huge, huge compliment for tonights performance. We were eager to get on the field, eager to get our first three points of the tournament. We took a bit to get into the game. But when the first goal came we kept pushing for the next one and the next one.” Klinsmanns team now faces Paraguay in its final Group A game in Philadelphia on Saturday, where a draw will probably be enough to advance to the knockout rounds. “We wanted to put ourselves in the driving seat against Paraguay and thats what we did,” Klinsmann said. “We are right there to get through a difficult group, and this is the most difficult group in the Copa America. Its encouraging to see this group of players has the extreme hunger to make things happen.” On Wednesday, Peru could join Colombia in the quarter-finals if they manage to defeat Ecuador in Glendale, Arizona in Group B. In Wednesdays other game, five-time world champions Brazil face an intriguing matchup against Caribbean minnows Haiti in Orlando, Florida. “If we win it will be the greatest miracle that God has produced in football,” Haiti midfielder Jean-Marc Alexandre said Tuesday. AFP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img

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