Brazil Coach Luiz Felipi Scolari has described yesterday July 8 2014 7-1 whitewash in their semi finals match against Germany as the worst day of his life but said the country needs to move on and show the world they still have one of the best teams on earth.
Supporters of the five times world cup winners cried and most left the Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte at half time after the team went down 5-0 in under thirty minutes of the match. The 11 billion dollars the impoverished country spent to construct the many brand new stadia, hotels and road upgrades and which caused widespread unrest across the country is all they now have to show after they were unceremoniously bundled out of the world cup in their backyard. They will now have to watch the last semi finals and finals like supporters of the other 28 teams that have been eliminated earlier.
BBC Newsday programme today created a hagtag #cheerUpBrazil inviting listeners to cheer up the low spirits of supporters of one of the best playing football nations on earth whose 7-1 defeat at the semi finals was a new world record. “It could have been 8-0 besides Neyar wasn’t playing” one tweet read. Phillipa Meade added “they still did better than England”, while Alan Kawesa asked “how come we did not see such hastag when England got knocked out at the group stages?”.
Artziki was even more cynical; “there is a day you wake up and hate your name, that day is when your name is Brazil”. Alex Ngu was more philosophical, “it’s funny that the world only likes you when you’re winning and despises you as soon as you lose”.
Playing without favourites Thiago Silva and Neymar, Brazils’ goalkeeper Julio Cesar watched helplessly as the efficient and more deadly German football machine scored four goals in less than 7 minutes of the game. The team was down 5-0 by half time. The Rio Times, a Brazilian newspaper described the thrashing as a repeat of the 1950 Maracanazo (curse) finals when the team lost 2-1 against Uruguay, only the curse was worst in 2014 with the unexpected high scoreline. The newspaper described the lose as humiliating.
German attacking midfielder Thomas Muller told FIFA.COM after the match that “we got off to a great start and when you’re 5-0 up at half time against Brazil in Brazil, then you know its something special. Nobody was expecting that to happen”. Muller scored 2 of the 7 goals. German coach Joachim Low was ecstatic following the drooping. “Brazil was stunned after the first goal but more so after the second”, he told FIFA.COM.
Favourites Argentina, the only South American team left in the world cup now has to beat the Netherlands in the second semi finals scheduled for later today July 9 2014 to have any chance of keeping the cup in the continent that has produced some of the best football players on earth.
Even before the finals of the competitions, a provisional classification of the 32 teams that participated in this year’s world cup places Cameroon last while Algeria was the top ranked African team. Cameroon lost all its three group games.