Well, at least the Brazilian people have the satisfaction of knowing that the German result wasn’t a fluke.
Yes, another night of abject surrender by the Brazilians; I actually fell asleep in the second half, so I apologise if I’m unduly dismissive. But then if they had been any good I WOULDN’T HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP, am I right?
The German pummelling was quite something, wasn’t it! Boys versus men. I don’t know why all those Brazilian fans were crying, they were witnessing a little bit of history: you lose 1-0, you’re out of the World Cup and it’s all a bit meh; you lose 7-1 and that’s something you can tell the grandchildren about.
It was proper car-crash TV; you couldn’t look away no matter how horrifying it was. I said to Fioninho it was like watching the Harlem Globetrotters in an exhibition match; I was waiting for one of them to hide the ball up his jersey and for them to play Sweet Georgia Brown over the tannoy.
Sideshow Bob/David Luiz
So how did it happen? There has been a lot of talk about the lack of Neymar, but that wasn’t the problem. The Brazilian players might THINK it was the lack of Neymar, but that’s avoiding the real issues. The blame has to start with Scolari – when you see the formation is not working, really really not working, you have to change it. What position was Marcelo playing? If I was being generous I would say wing-back, but it certainly wasn’t full-back nor winger and really any position that keeps you out of the way of the ball is probably not terrifically useful. And David Luiz (or Sideshow Bob to the Simpsons fans) had a stinker: slow, spiritless and ineffective. And captain! Good call.
At 2-0 I said to Fioninho “You watch, the Germans will just sit back now and soak it up”. But how wrong, how very wrong I was. To be honest I think they probably meant to sit back, but just kept finding themselves in goalscoring opportunities and, well, it would be rude not to. They did look a bit embarrassed to score at one point.
I was amused how a number of the Brazilian players crossed themselves or said prayers AFTER the match. Bit late for that, I thought. Unless they were praying for safe passage home maybe.