We are on right track - Trapattoni

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Giovanni Trapattoni believes his Republic of Ireland side are beginning to grow as a team after their 2-0 defeat to Brazil at the Emirates Stadium.

The Irish missed out on a place at this summer's World Cup finals following their controversial play-off defeat to France, but produced a determined display against the five-time world champions to provide Trapattoni with many positives as they prepare for their European Championship campaign.

"In my opinion this team is growing very well," said Trapattoni. "In the first half or maybe one hour, I had that confirmed because we played well."

He added: "We had confidence and had more possibilities to shoot on goal. They finished the first half 1-0 in front and it gave them the opportunity to play for the result."

An own goal from Blackburn midfielder Keith Andrews and a second-half strike from Manchester City striker Robinho, now on loan at Santos, sealed victory for Dunga's side.

Trapattoni added: "They had the advantage and it gave them strength about their quality. The Brazil team is great technically and in the second half we made it too easy.

"I saw many positives in individual performances and we have built a good team.

"In the last 30 minutes Brazil dominated the game and it was not possible for us to get a draw.

"We made a couple of mistakes and I saw the team lose confidence. We gave them space and it was not easy for us."

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