Brazil Ousted From WC 2010 Cuh Dear!
July 2, 2010 1 Comment
Did I or did I not say Brazil was not going to win the World Cup this year. To think with the next World Cup Football being held in Brazil in 2014, Brazil football team would at least try with a strong concentrated effort to give consistent opposition due to its number 1 rating. Knowing statistically speaking, hosts countries rarely win the Cup on their hometurf. It has only happened 4 times in its 19th tournament. Or maybe that’s what Brazil are hoping for???????
Denmark deserves its 2-1 win in a rather embarrassing upsetting (not for me) display performance by a reduce 10 man Brazilian team.
Argentina or Germany are my teams to win this World Cup.
Wesley Sneijder headed a second-half winner as Netherlands came from behind to beat ten-man Brazil 2-1 on Friday and book their place in the World Cup semi-finals.
Brazil, the five-times champions, took a 10th minute lead in the quarter-final clash through Robinho and dominated the first-half against a Dutch team which initially looked outclassed.
But the Dutch levelled out of the blue in the 53rd minute after a rare mistake from Brazil’s usually impenetrable defence, as Felipe Melo headed Sneijder’s cross into his own goal. Then Sneijder headed a winner as the Dutch avenged a quarter-final defeat in 1994 and a semi-final defeat four years later.
Felipe Melo, returning from an ankle injury which kept him out of the second round match against Chile, set up the first goal after 10 minutes. He threaded a 30-metre pass through the Dutch midfield and Robinho timed his run perfectly to score with a first-time shot past Maarten Stekelenburg.
The game turned niggly, although Brazil managed to produced a some flowing moves and should have extended their lead. Juan volleyed over from close range after a jinking run on the right by Dani Alves and Stekelenburg produced a superb one-handed save to tip away Kaka’s curling effort, following a dazzling Robinho run down the left.
Just before halftime, Maicon fired into the side-netting after Luis Fabiano rolled the ball into his path.
The Dutch rarely threatened with Arjen Robben far too predictable to outfox the Brazil rearguard. But they levelled out of the blue eight minutes after the break when Felipe Melo touched Sneijder’s looping cross-shot into his own net.
Kaka missed an excellent chance to put Brazil back ahead, side-footing wide from the edge of the area after the ball was gifted to him by a poor clearance. They paid dearly in the 68th minute when Dirk Kuyt flicked on Arjen Robben’s corner at the near post and Sneijder headed into the net.
Shortly afterwards, Felipe Melo was sent off for stamping on Robben.
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