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Brazil – worst hosts since Alien

July 13th, 2014 by · No Comments · Features, Football

Despite this match traditionally being the one no-one wants to play 70,000 turned up to the Estadio Nacional, Brasilia. 

Brasilia, deep in the heart of the country, was chosen presumably because Brazil had never lost a game there. Well, this a tournament of firsts, in a bad way for Brazil, and so it proved again.

Netherlands scored an early penalty, a late bonus and a first half give away from David Luiz. The dutch take home the ‘bronze medal’ with an easy win against a desperately disappointing Brazil.

Then I woke up…still worth £50m though

Then I woke up…still worth £50m though

Things started out bad and got worse for Brazil. Any hope of salvaged pride faded in the first three minutes. Thiago Silva pulled back Arjen Robben. Referee Djamel Haimoudi gave a penalty but was lenient with Thiago who received a yellow. Van Persie converted the spot kick.

More misery followed in the 17th minute. Georginio Wijnaldum’s cross was headed straight to Daley Blind, unmarked on the penalty spot by the hapless David Luiz. Blind had plenty of time to chest the ball down and place a smart volley past Julio Cesar.

Brazil may have been unlucky not to be awarded a penalty in the second half. Oscar went down after a trip by Blind but the referee decided to book the Brazilian for diving.

The dutch played well within themselves for the remainder of the game and in injury time, to add insult, Wijnaldum turned in substitute Daryl Janmaat’s cross after a great pass from Robben.

Fred retires from internationals today…I know, fish/barrel

Fred retires from internationals today…I know, fish/barrel

The goal capped another miserable night for the hosts who managed to break yet another record on the night. They have now conceded 14 goals in a World Cup. That’s the worst ever performance for a host. Also one of the worst in history surpassed only by South Korea in 1954 [16 conceded], Sweden in 1950 and Belgium in ’86 both with 15.

So Netherlands go home ‘undefeated’ and the Brazilian players and coach leave to ponder their uncertain futures with the jeers of the Brasília public ringing in their ears. Maybe they should have spent more time focussed on the games and less time on the sponsorship malarky. Here’s the list of official sponsors JUST FOR THE TEAM below. Refunds anyone?

Nike, Itaú, Vivo, Sadia, Guaraná Antartica, Mastercard, Nestle, Samsung, Extra, Gillette, Volkswagen, Voegol, Englishtown, Seguros Unimed, Parmigiani, Tenys Pé Baruel

 

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