Well, today’s another day, and perhaps one team won’t be as humiliated as Brazil was yesterday, losing 7-1 to Germany. It was a debacle; Germany played wonderfully, with precision passing and great teamwork; Brazil fell apart on defense, seeming to run around like a bunch of headless and clueless chickens. I’m sure there’s a lot of recrimination in Brazil today, and I wonder if they’ll fire Scolari as coach. The New York Times analyzes the game:
Everyone knew it would be difficult for Brazil without the injured star Neymar and the suspended captain, Thiago Silva, but nobody imagined this feeble capitulation — four goals surrendered to Germany in six minutes during a 7-1 rout in a World Cup semifinal. Early on, Brazil’s players bickered, lost their cool, then lost their fight. The country of the beautiful game was left to face a grotesque humiliation.
. . . “We ask for forgiveness,” Scolari said.
Everything was lost for Brazil on Tuesday, even the World Cup scoring record, once held by Ronaldo, now in the possession of Germany’s Miroslav Klose, with 16 career goals.
Not since Ronaldo’s unexplained malaise in the hours before a 3-0 loss to host France in the 1998 World Cup final — a panic attack? a seizure? — had Brazil encountered such baffling incapability.
. . . It might only get worse for Brazil. Its archrival, Argentina, will play in a semifinal on Wednesday. If it defeats the Netherlands, it could win the World Cup on Sunday at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the cathedral of Brazilian soccer.
But that is something to consider later. On Tuesday, the pain was raw and immediate. Even Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s president, felt it necessary to post her sadness on Twitter.
“I am immensely sorry for all of us,” she wrote.
But today’s another day, and another game. This should be a good one, and of course I’ll be watching. Whoever wins, though, is going to face some stuff competition if Germany plays on Sunday as precisely and cooly as it did yesterday:
Click on the screenshots below to see the highlights of yesterday’s game
And, in Brazil (from a tw**t):
Reader Steve sent me a few more memes:
Apparently Neymar advertised 7-Up, but this may be a PhotoShop job. If not, it’s doubly hilarious:
Finally, there’s a nice animated Google Doodle about footie—with an ant referee! Click to go to the animation: