Rijkaard said after the match: “Ronaldinho is a genuine genius. His goal settled us down and made the difference early in the game. The way he took the free-kick was incredible and his overall game was also excellent.
“But he wasn’t the only one who played well. Everyone contributed and I congratulate all my players.”
He added: “I never thought about elimination because failure never came into my thinking. I know others thought about failure, but that word doesn’t exist in our dictionary.”