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Tuesday, 11 June, 2002, 10:55 GMT 11:55 UK
Rivaldo shock at France exit
Brazil playmaker Rivaldo
Rivaldo is disappointed Brazil will not play France now
Brazil playmaker Rivaldo has revealed his shock at France's first-round exit following their 2-0 defeat to Denmark.

Holders France outclassed Brazil in the 1998 final, with Zinedine Zidane the star of the 3-0 win.

But Rivaldo admitted he was disappointed Brazil would not face France in the latter stages of the competition.

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Now there won't be a France versus Brazil match which is a shame
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Brazil's Rivaldo

"Everybody in the Brazilian team wanted to play against France but there won't be that match anymore," said Rivaldo.

"It was not a matter of revenge, it's just good to play against the big teams.

"I really hope the big teams like Argentina and England make it into the next round."

France lost their opening game against Senegal and could only manage a goalless draw with Uruguay.

The absence of Zidane through injury from those games was a massive blow for France, but even his return to the side could not prevent a Danish victory.

"We knew it would be difficult for France because they had a bad start and were effectively playing all the time with 10 players," he added.

"Now there won't be a France versus Brazil match which is a shame.

"But what has happened to them is an example for Brazil."

However, Brazil left-back Roberto Carlos insisted he was not taken aback by France's failure to make it to the last 16.

He said: "That's football. There are no favourites today, Senegal showed again that the African teams are doing well.

"It's not a surprise at all, it's the reality of football. It's good that it's not happening to us."

Winger Denilson shrugged off France's misfortune.

France playmaker Zinedine Zidane
Zidane now faces a long holiday

"It's their problem not ours," Denilson added.

"We are thinking about our own job, about winning the World Cup, and if they're out - what are we going to do?

"If we had played against them and beaten them, then we could have felt some relief. But they're out, it's not our fault, we're just doing our work."

"The important thing, regardless of who we face from now on, is that we get to the final and win."


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