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Five things that went wrong for Brazil as Germany hand out their worst ever World Cup defeat

Published on: 09 July 2014
Luis Gustavo

If you’ve never seen a match like it, you’re not alone.

Brazil were slaughtered by Germany on Tuesday night. Utterly eviscerated.

The inquest will last for days. Actually, who am I kidding? It’s going to rumble on for years in Brazil. Decades, perhaps.

The errors were almost too numerous to count, the goals blurring into one another in the Belo Horizonte night.

Here are some quick thoughts on what went wrong:

1. Defensive errors

David Luiz has been a monster for Brazil this tournament, but he had a shocking game at the Mineirão. It was he who let Thomas Muller find space for the opening goal, which set the tone for the rest of the first half.

Neither he nor Dante could get anywhere near the Germany forwards, who buzzed around with staggering freedom all night.

Maicon was meant to provide more security on the right but found himself out of position too often for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s liking. In summary, a catalogue of errors.

2. Midfield bypassed

Before the game, Scolari had to choose between two options: pick an attacking player to replace Neymar or flood the midfield. How he must regret choosing the former.

Luiz Fernando and Fernandinho, for all their efforts, were helpless to stop the Germany midfield taking control of the game.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira waltzed their way through time and again, with no resistance at all.

3. Punch-drunk love

Brazil’s success at last summer’s Confederations Cup was built on their ability to build up momentum in the opening stages of games.

They got a taste of their own medicine hear. As the goals flowed thick and fast, Brazil were simply unable to find their bearings in the game. Every time they looked up, the ball was in the net.

4. Fred in the water

Before the game, a joke was doing the rounds in Brazil. “BREAKING: Neymar fit to play Fred’s role against Germany – standing still and doing nothing.”

How prescient that proved: again, the Fluminense striker offered virtually nothing, failing to trouble Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng in the slightest. He has simply not turned up this summer.

5. No x-factor

Let’s be clear: Neymar would not have prevented this defeat. But there was undoubtedly something missing from the hosts’ display this evening.

Even when he doesn’t play well, Neymar occupies the thoughts of opposition defenders, making things easier for his team-mates. Then there’s the star power, which would have given Brazil more belief ahead of kick-off.

The irony of his absence is that his reputation has probably risen in absentia.


This article has 4 comment(s), give your comment
  • Foster Robby says:
    July 09, 2014 11:13 am
    I shall continue to respect Germany now and forever. In my life, i have never worn football jersey before bt i will make Germany jersey my best dress even when im travelling . Team Germany, you are sooo goooood
  • isquared says:
    July 09, 2014 11:37 am
    Brazil should have just contracted Asamoah Gyan, Dede & the rest of the BS players to have played this match for them. Even our worst players @ WC2014, "the defense", including Boye, Opare & Dauda did a better job on the Germans than this incredibly shambolic Brazilian defensive midfielders and defenders. In fact all Brazil had to do to beat the Germans was to closely analyze our group match against Germany and implement the right formation & players. We clearly outplayed the Germans with Sulley Muntari as the key player and showed the world how to beat them!!! Bottomline is, eventhough a much better coach than Kwesi Appiah, the Brazilian coach messed up big time with his player selection and tactics resulting in this most humiliating historic loss to Germany!!!!
  • Edward, Maryland says:
    July 09, 2014 01:54 pm
    What about 5 things that went wrong with . Actually, only one thing went wrong with Ghana. When a people on a grand stage choose to poke fun at God, they can not prosper. In His Word, He says "I honour those who honor me". For a long time now, we as a people have made it a habit to disrespect God at will. The issues at Brazil were not caused by Muntari, KPB, Essien, Akwasi Appiah or even the GFA . The image of Ghana that people, here in America remember vividly is not that of the plane carrying three million dollars of cash to the players, or Muntari slapping a GFA official. It is that of a fetish priest or soceerer (whether real or fake) chanting at the stadium. This is all that people here are talking about. As one elderly lady told me "my family did not watch any of the games involving THAT COUNTRY because we don't let our children watch stuff like that. They are of the devil". No matter how you try to explain it to them, it doesn’t hold. These are people who have for decades perpetuated the stereotype of the African’s heart as the "heart of darkness". Some of us we don’t understand many things. Ghana as a nation has to be very careful. Some of us might take this as a joke. But with satan, nothing is a joke. Find out how Haiti came to their present predicament. You joke with God, you are joking with fire. Our players always enter the soccer field singing Christian songs and gather together to say a prayer before games while we at the same time we have a guy dressed as a fetish priest sitting in the stands chanting on our behalf. Who are we mocking? God is not mocked. Since these guys pretending to be fetish priests started going to the fields some carrying pots etc, what has the Black Stars won on the field? Nothing. I tell you God is not mocked. We have to take steps to remove these elements or replicas of fetishism from our soccer, then we’ll be prosperous. This is really Ghana’s World Cup of shame. "I HONOUR THOSE WHO HONOUR ME". If we choose to continue to dishonor God, we should expect disgrace to follow Ghana for a long time to come.
  • milky says:
    July 09, 2014 05:22 pm
    Guys this Brazilian team is over rated! I have seen nothing special about them this whole tournament. Neymar is also over rated. Thye just try hard and teams are intimidated by them due to past achievements. They play like a typical African team, no passing and like to dribble and do unnecessary stupid moves. They should have been out long ago. Germany showed them how quick passing and getting open in soccer is done.