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Brazil vs Germany

Brazil vs Germany

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Brazil vs Germany

A lot to cover here…

We didn’t expect Brazil’s luck to hold out much longer as they had good fortune in every game.  It ran out in this one though, it ran out big time.

Brazil for the first ten minutes looked ok, they passed the ball around well and looked to have a degree of urgency.  I didn’t expect them to make it past Germany but few could have seen such a whitewash.  The host nation, one with a proud footballing heritage were picked apart by some GREAT German football.

Seven goals for Germany in a semi-final is pretty magical stuff really and they were good, very good but it is tempered by just how poor Brazil were.  It was like watching a heavy weight boxer well past his prime coming out of retirement…it was painful.  I’ve been pretty critical of Brazil for the whole tournament and they aren’t the powerhouse they once were.  They are more physical now and less Samba style but they are still packed with household names.

These household names stood up for 11 minutes, then Muller hit them.  The German forward was alone, in acres of space as the ball came in.  With his right foot he fired it past the keeper leaving Julio Cesar no chance.  Was it non-existent marking or a well worked play by Germany, I think the later.

Hulk kept up his sadly poor tournament missing the chance to make it even.

Miroslav Klose scores the 2nd on the 23rd minute making him the highest World Cup goal scorer of all time, some feat!  Another thing Brazil didn’t want to happen in this game of all games!  He should have scored on the first shot but Cesar parried it but you don’t want to give him a second chance and he took it sweetly.  Brazil were buckling now.

David Luiz (never a fan) seems to not understand what it is to play in a position.  Gary Neville said something along the line of him being like a kid on an Xbox and he is.  Nobody wants a central defender who doesn’t track back and plays as a shadow striker.

Toni Kroos scored on the 24th minute to really add salt in the wound.  Brazil are all over the show and the Germans are not letting them off to save their blushes.  This is a mauling.  Great interplay around the box leaves Kroos to up the embarrassment.

Two minutes later and Kroos is at it again, showing why he is such a highly rated talent.  On the 26th minute to make people wonder what on earth is going on.  The place falls silent now except for the German crowd who are loving it.  A simple counter attack and Khadira lays it on a plate for Kroos to tap it home.

Now, you know it’s BAD when Kadira gets on the score sheet.  As a defensive midfielder getting in on the action is pretty bad as he isn’t normally much of a goal threat.  Ozil does well brining in Klose and then Khedira finished the move off which he stated to begin with.  That is FIVE!

Fernandinho stopped Kroos’s hat-trick with a timely block on the 32nd minute as well.

Finally Half Time

Germany have had 9 shots on target and scored 5, impressive work in the first half.

As the second half begins it is clear that Brazil are not coming back from this, not even they could do that.  Not even with a home advantage as you could see the crowd were crestfallen and even beginning to side with the Germans as their play was nothing short of a master class.

Hulk was taken off for Ramires (not a good move in my book as they needed a few goals and Luiz to remember he is a defender). The big Per Mertesacker was also replaced by the outstanding Mats Hummels in the German defence.  I suspect saving the big man for the final.  Fernandinho was taken off for Paulinho as well.

Neuer deserves special praise here as he was excellent in goal.  Brazil did have some chances (not enough to turn it around mind you) but they had some teeth still.  Muller pushed for more goals also and did well.

The game really turned into a range of who was good and who wasn’t.  Bernard, Fred, Luiz, Hulk, Marcelo and others were shocking really.  Germany on the other hand didn’t get much wrong, they were simply efficient and professional.

In the 69th minute Schurrle scored his first making it 6-0!  He then showed his class again scoring ten minutes later as the rising Chelsea star hit a tight angle to beat the Brazilian keeper.  The ball hit the underside of the crossbar leaving Cesar picking the ball out of his net for a 7th time.

It was nearly eight.  After a bad miss for Ozil near the end.  He did all the hard work bursting clear with just the keeper to beat but he struck it wide.

The downside or the funny thing (depending on your view) was that in the 90th minute Brazil did score a consolation goal with Oscar firing in a well taken shot.  It was obviously too little too late.

Simply put Brazil were publicly executed!  There is no saving grace for them as the crowd were against them and the footballing world was stunned.  Brazil were poor and deserve the shame they will get for this.  A proud footballing nation slaughtered just shy of a home turf world cup final.  They had ridden their luck before running into a very strong Germany.

I expected Germany to win but never by so many goals.  There will be some cheap Brazilian players for sale I suspect now.  The Belo Horizonte massacre ended Brazil vs Germany (1-7).  WOW!

Brazil vs Chile

Brazil vs Chile

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Brazil vs Chile

A thumping game here and worthy of the first knockout game.  Brazil showing pace with Neymar and to be fair he has been scaring the Chilean players witless in the opening minutes.

It started well and kept burning for the entire the first half.  Then David Luiz (I think) got the opening goal off his knee.  The ball was lofted into the box from a corner, a mistake on a clearance (or was it a tug from Luiz) and Brazil were in front.

Then, Alexis Sanchez scored a great equaliser after a simple throw in went to him.  He looked to be stumbling but the ball went in with perfect accuracy to level the scores.  It was a great finish from a great player.

Neymar was getting a bit of rough treatment from Chile and in their defence Brazil were falling down a lot in the box so it was as much one as the other.  How Luiz didn’t get booked for more of his fouls was beyond me.  He ran away from Howard Webb who didn’t reach for a card again.

Fred went close, Alves went close – to be honest most of the Brazilian players did as they really busted a gut to go in at half time ahead.  Bravo for Chile was excellent though.

The first half was Brazil with the pressure tactics and Chile with the work rate with Vidal for Chile being one hard working player – his energy was endless.

Half Time

Brazil disappeared in the sun for a fair bit of the 2nd half but they still had their chances.  Hulk had a good goal disallowed which seemed to unsettle the Brazilian team.  I think it was a bit harsh as it was a 50/50 call really.  Brazil should have really just got on with it but they didn’t, instead they dipped for a long period.

Chile worked so hard and they had really good chances to win it – really good ones also!

It got towards the end of the match and Brazil seemed keen for extra time, why they brought on Jo I will never know as he has no place in the Brazil international side in my view.

Extra Time

Saw Brazil doing more, Hulk tried everything he possibly could, some good and some bad but Chile were outstanding in every department.

Then in the dying seconds of extra time Chile hit a thumping shot which hit the bar…..

These players have both shown tremendous fitness and desire.  Momentum swung both ways and it was simply excellent to watch.

Penalties

It is officially penalties and I think Brazil have dropped a clanger – some of the players they have brought on I don’t think are their best penalty takers.

Brazil, in a huddle as they try to motivate one another, Chile though looked tired but with a great togetherness as well.  It is really tense.

Cesar in goal vs Bravo for Chile…

David Luiz goes first – he scores 1-0 Brazil

Pinilla – saved by Cesar!!!

Willian – WIDE – what a shocker!

Sanchez – saved again!!! Cesar sends Brazil mad, great reactions.

Marcelo – lucky to score but the power sent it through, 2-0 Brazil now

Aranguiz – Unstoppable, thumped with some real venom.  Cesar didn’t even move 2-1.

Hulk – One of my favourite players for Brazil…..saved!!!!  Bravo duped him big time and won the battle of wills…It was Van Der Sar vs Chelsea mark two!

Diaz – it’s all level….amazing 2-2 and sudden death!!!

Neymar – is it best till last, will he miss….at 22 years old he scores with ease! – I didn’t think he would score but he did – amazing!

Jara – the unemployed professional footballer hits the post, poor, poor man!!!! – it was almost the perfect penalty, it beats the keeper but it can’t creep in! – I really feel for him.

Harsh on Chile as they have been a real show stoppers and Brazil get lucky again despite a good performance.  They are going home and Brazil get through to the next round, the luck of penalties eh!.

A thumping game as the Chilean players console one another.

This is what the World Cup is about and Brazil managed the pressure! It ended Brazil vs Chile (1-1) with Brazil winning 3-2 on penalties.

Brazil vs Croatia

It Opens – Brazil vs Croatia

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Brazil vs Croatia (3-1)

We had another good night at Isaacs as the World Cup finally kicked off.  It was good as we had 4 goals scored.  A 5th if you count the Croatian goal that was incorrectly disallowed.

Brazil, as hosts, kicked us off the opening game in group A.  Their opponents Croatia worked very hard and were unlucky not to get a point out of the game.  In honesty, a lot of the Brazilian players were a little below par as was the Croatian goalkeeper who made some good saves at times.  Sadly though he let in some sloppy goals.

The game ended 3-1 to Brazil with a truck load of luck for the hosts and really poor decisions against plucky Croatia spoiling the opening spectacle a little.

An own goal on the 11th minute put the Croatians ahead as Brazil made a terrible clearance under pressure causing Marcelo to score against his own team.  Croatia then did well for a period of time.  The big Brazilian hope Neymar had a mixed game, yes, he scored twice, and on a normal day that’s great.

The first was a weak shot that just about made it in, and the 2nd was a suspect penalty won by Fred but badly awarded by the Japanese ref.  More to the point in my view Neymar should probably have been sent off for a red card.  The challenge itself wasn’t that bad, a forearm to the face so it wasn’t just a mistimed tackle.  The main reason is, he took a good look at the player before making it.

Many players would have gone off for that, then he scored twice!

The penalty was in the 2nd half and with Brazil 2-1 up they still looked vulnerable.  Croatia then scored a good goal but it wasn’t given, oddly.  Either way, it was soft work by the match officials and Croatia were rightly livid at the call.

Then Oscar came up and with a cheeky toe poke from outside the box.  The Croatian keeper should have narrowed the angle but credit to the Chelsea player for chancing his arm.

It was a good strike if not a little cheeky.

The result – Brazil vs Croatia ended 3-1 – Brazil were fortunate and Croatia very unlucky!