"I suffered a lot -- I listened to the first half in the car. There was so much traffic, the car just wasn't moving," said Pele, 73, who was driving from Santos to Sao Paulo, a megacity of 20 million.
"It was the second time I heard a Brazil World Cup match on the radio ... in 1950 and today," Pele said after the game in Fortaleza.
He insisted that "the team did not play badly – they just didn't win."
"We know there are no easy games. God willing we shall get to the final," he added, urging the populace to keep "thinking positively."


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