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FIFA 2014 Brazil: Germany 1 abominable refereeing 0

Germany, from beginning (4-0 against Portugal) to end (semi-final 7-1 against Brazil, 1-0 against Argentina in the final). In this document we present all the games from the group phase to the final. Thank you Brazil for a wonderful FIFA 2014.

  

Germany 0 Argentina 0

Extra time: 1-0

Götze 113

  

Germany

Neuer,  Lahm, Höwedes, Schweinsteiger, Boateng, Hummels, Kramer (Schürrle), Kroos, Klose (Götze), Müller, Özil (Mertesacker)

Coach: Joachim LÖW

  

Argentina

Romero, Zabaleta, Rojo, Mascherano, Demichelis, Garay, Pérez (Gago), Biglia, Higuaín (Palácio), Messi, Lavezzi (Aguero)

Coach: Alejandro SABELLA

  

Some serious issues once again with the refereeing but Germany assumed its responsibility in carrying the game to Argentina and Argentina had a seven-man defence in place every time Germany swept forward. In the end, not even the abominable refereeing could give Argentina the trophy and Germany is a just winner.

  

Third Place

 

Brazil throws away third place

A penalty for Brazil was not given in the second half, and an excellent Dutch goal made the scoreline ridiculous right at the end of the match. Brazil's crime? Not to score, but no way the Netherlands was three goals better than Brazil, as the statistics show.

  

  

  

Brazil 0 Netherlands 3

               Van Persie 3 (pen)

               Blind 16

               Wijnaldum 90

 

First half: A dubious penalty, a stupid pass by David Luiz (no wonder Mourinho cannot stand having him in his teams) and Brazil was losing 2-0 at the interval. A penalty for Brazil was not given in the second half, and an excellent Dutch goal made the scoreline ridiculous right at the end of the match. Brazil's crime? Not to score, but no way the Netherlands was three goals better than Brazil, as the statistics show.

  

Brazil

Julio César, Maicon, Maxwell, Luiz Gustavo (Fernandinho), Thiago Silva,  David Luiz, Ramires (Hulk), Paulinho (Hernanes), Jô, Willian, Oscar

Coach: Luiz Felipe SCOLARI

  

  

Netherlands

Cillessen (Vorm), Kuyt, Blind (Janmaat), Martins Indi, Vlaar, de Vrij, Clasie (Veltman), de Guzmán,  Wijnaldum, van Persie, Robben

Coach: Louis VAN GAAL

  

 

 

 

Ball possession: Brazil 58% Netherlands 42%

Shots/on target: Brazil 11/2 Netherlands 8/4

Corners: Brazil 4 Netherlands 1

Fouls committed: Brazil 16 Netherlands 20

  

  

Semi-Finals

  

Netherlands 0 Argentina 0

After 90 minutes

Extra time: 0-0

Penalties Argentina wins 4-2

 

Netherlands

Cillessen, Kuyt, Blind, Martins Indi (Janmaat), Vlaar, de Vrij, Wijnaldum, de Jong (Clasie), Sneijder, van Persie (Huntelaar), Robben

Coach: Louis van GAAL

Yellow card: Martins Indi, Huntelaar

 

Argentina

Romero, Zabaleta, Rojo, Mascherano, Demichelis, Garay, Pérez (Palacio), Biglia,  Higuaín (Agüero), Messi, Lavezzi (Rodríguez)

Coach: Alejandro SABELLA

Yellow card: Demichelis

 

Ball possession: Netherlands 56% Argentina 44%

Shots/on target: Netherlands 7/1 Argentina 8/4

Corners: Netherlands 4 Argentina 4

Fouls committed: Netherlands 15 Argentina 10

 

 

 

 

Brazil 1 Germany 7

  Müller (11'), Klose (23'), Kroos (24', 26'), Khedira (29') Schürrle (69', 79')

Oscar, 90

 

A nightmare fist half for Brazil... more exactly a six-minute spell of Hell when four goals were scored by an organized Germany against a disorganized Brazil.

 

The opening phase of the game heightened the expectations of the crowd in Belo Horizonte, Brazil gaining a corner in the first minute, Marcelo shot wide on 3'. After 4 minutes, Germany took control. By 8', there was a dangerous shot on goal and the scoreline says the rest.

 

In the second half, Brazil had strung together three decent chances by minute 52, and on another day could have scored but Germany gradually began controlling the game. Two more goals ensued against a Brazil that was growing more and more (what would have happened if the game had started at 46'?) until Oscar scored Brazil's goal of honour right at the end of the game.

 

Conclusion: Brazil was not 6 goals worse than Germany but at crucial moments of the game, the Germans were playing on another level. Brazil has a respectable third place to play for, Germany awaits the next victim in the final. Spain sonceded five goals against the Netherlands, Portugal conceded four goals against Germany, Brazil was on the day just another victim.

 

Not a disgrace for Brazilian football, not a disgrace for the career of Scolari, just one of those afternoons. Tomorrow, Brazil could win the game 2-1.

 

 

Brazil

Julio Cesar, David Luiz, Fernandinho (Paulinho), Marcelo, Hulk (Ramires), Fred (Willian), Oscar, Dante, L. Gustavo, Bernard, Maicon

Coach: Luiz Felipe SCOLARI

Yellow card: Dante

 

Germany

Neuer, Höwedes, Hummels (Mertesacker), Khedira (Draxler), Schweinsteiger, Özil, Klose (Schürrle), Müller, Lahm, Kroos, Boateng

Coach: Joachin LOEW

Yellow card: -

 

Ball possession: Brazil 47% Germany 53%

Shots/on target: Brazil 18/8 Germany 14/10

Corners: Brazil 7 Germany 5

Fouls committed: Brazil 11 Germany 13

 

Quarter Finals

http://english.pravda.ru/sports/soccer/06-07-2014/127969-quarter_finals-0/

 

Last 16

 

http://english.pravda.ru/sports/soccer/02-07-2014/127938-fifa_last_eight-0/

 

 

Group Phase

 

http://english.pravda.ru/sports/soccer/27-06-2014/127907-fifa_groups-0/

 

Timothy BANCROFT-HINCHEY

PRAVDA.Ru

(timothy.hinchey@gmail.com)

 

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