July 2: Brazil lost to itself.
I’ve said this before: winning a World Cup match when you are at a World Cup is a million times better. Losing and being eliminated is a million times more heart breaking.
Brazil is out of the World Cup, after losing to the Netherlands 2-1. It is all very sad, a bit revolting and a feeling of being fooled by the irony of football.
Brazil played a great first half, could have scored two more goals. Ironically or not, what we saw after the initial 45 minutes was a completely different squad and match with the Netherlands far superior. And what we have criticized so much about Dunga came to light today: Felipe Melo, by scoring on Brazil’s own goal and by getting sent off with a red card, became one of the main factors of bringing Brazil’s morale down. Dunga has insisted on players like him which, in all fairness, do not bring much to the group. With Elano injured and Brazil with weak bench options, Melo was sadly the only choice to be used (Revolting, knowing how many amazing players Brazil has).
The second half was a complete mess. Seleção lost its coolness and composure; in their place came desperation and horrible football. On the few chances created with Kaká and Dani Alves, the ball also decided it was not going to shake the Dutch nets anymore.
And Dunga? All his theories went down the drain. All the bull about concentration and the commitment gave way to loss of composure and desperation. The match against the Netherlands was Dunga’s first real challenge in South Africa, and the result was failure. Brazil ultimately lost to itself.
I feel empty, angry, revolted and sad.