BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 2 (Reuters) -
Rival coaches Carlos Alberto Parreira and Marcelo Bielsa agreed Ronaldo
made the difference after the striker's penalty hat-trick gave Brazil a
3-1 win over Argentina in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier.
"Ronaldo is the best forward in world
football and thankfully he plays for the Brazil team," his coach
Parreira told reporters.
"There are still people in Brazil who
question him. But today he made the difference."
Argentina's Bielsa said: "Ronaldo was
the player who was the determining factor in the game."
The Real Madrid striker won and
converted three penalties in another extraordinary performance.
Bielsa said he did not have any
complaints about the penalty decisions but believed his team deserved
"The first half was dominated by
Argentina, we won the ball well and this allowed us to dominate the game
and create enough chances to deserve a different result," he said.
Bielsa, who took off striker Cesar
Delgado before halftime and also substituted his replacement Mauro
Rosales in the second half, said he was not satisfied with his three-man
"The zone where we had greatest
difficulty was the attack," he said.
Parreira, though, was delighted with the
"It was an excellent win and a very
difficult game," he said, adding that he also thought the penalties were
"The goals were all normal, they were
all penalties and we could even have had a couple more," he said.