RIO DE JANEIRO (Campeonato Nacional Feminino) - Sport Recife haven't won the title in the Campeonato Nacional Feminino but reaching the play-off semi-finals has certainly put them in a good mood.
After losing the opening game in their best-of-five quarter-final against A.D. Santo André, Recife battled back to win three straight games and set up a semi-final with Ourinhos.
"It's always makes me proud to see the team grow in the domestic tournament and more so if you finish in the top four," said Recife coach Roberto Dornellas.
"That shows the quality of the work done by the team, by the players, by the coaching staff.
"We knew that our opponents Santo Andre had a lot of balance but we studied our rivals, watched videos.
"My team managed to put to practice what we had done in training, especially on defense."
Ourinhos will be a very big test for Recife.
"In the semi-final, we will face a very strong team like Ourinhos," Dornellas added.
"It's going to be a big challenge but we will face it. We have trained to our maximum in order to show our best game as possible."
Sport Recife star Tayara is as proud as can be that her team is in the last four.
"We are extremely happy to be once again the only team away from Sao Paulo to reach the semi-finals of the Liga Nacional," she said.
"It's a wonderful present for our fans, who have supported us along the way.
"It was a victory of the group, that everyday tries to improve. In the semi-final against Ourinhos, we must be hopeful. We've reached this stage and now we cannot give up. That is why we are going to train hard in order to play well."
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