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Scolari admits young Brazil squad feeling the pressure of playing World Cup at home

  • Brazil's Neymar leaves the pitch after the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and Chile at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Brazil won 3-2 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 draw after extra-time. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Brazil's Neymar leaves the pitch after the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and Chile at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Brazil won 3-2 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 draw after extra-time. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazil's Neymar hugs teammate David Luiz after a penalty shootout following regulation time during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and Chile at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Brazil won 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 tie. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

    Brazil's Neymar hugs teammate David Luiz after a penalty shootout following regulation time during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and Chile at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Brazil won 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 tie. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazil's David Luiz, Neymar and Willian, from left, leave the pitch after the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and Chile at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Brazil won 3-2 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 draw after extra-time.  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Brazil's David Luiz, Neymar and Willian, from left, leave the pitch after the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and Chile at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Brazil won 3-2 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 draw after extra-time. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says a lack of experience is hurting Brazil's young squad at the World Cup.

The coach is also blaming the team's struggles, which include a disappointing performance that nearly led to its elimination by Chile in the second round, on the pressure of succeeding in front of the home fans.

Brazil has only six players from past World Cups, and some of its top stars, including Neymar, are playing in football's biggest stage for the first time.

Scolari says Brazil has "a lot of young players" and that lack of experience in a competition such as the World Cup is "a concern."