Brazil's Fernandinho: 'We can cope with World Cup expectation'

Brazil's midfielder Fernandinho celebrates after scoring their fourth goal as Cameroon's goalkeeper Charles Itandje reacts during the Group A football match between Cameroon and Brazil at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIF
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Fernandinho insists that Brazil can cope with the expectation surrounding them at the World Cup.

Brazil midfielder Fernandinho has insisted that he and his teammates do not feel under pressure as they prepare for Friday's World Cup quarter-final against Colombia.

The host nation were close to exiting the tournament against Chile last weekend following a 1-1 scoreline after extra time, but Luiz Felipe Scolari's side managed to win 3-2 on penalties to advance.

Brazil are favourites to reach the semi-finals at the expense of Colombia, who secured their spot in the final eight with a 2-0 victory over Uruguay.

"With regards to being the favourite, I'm going to say it one more time, every time Brazil is in any tournament, it's considered a favourite," Fernandinho told reporters.

"As players we are fully aware of what comes with this expectation and can live with that."

Away from the penalty shootout, Brazil have scored eight goals and conceded three during the campaign so far.

Manchester City's Fernandinho in action against Hull on August 31, 2013
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