BRAZIL: THEY COULD NOT DELIVER EVEN SCOLARI’S SMALLER DREAM

It was statistics and it was the game so far and it was the love for the Brazilian Football team – the reasons for cheering for Brazil, until July 9. It came naturally for the Football fans across the world. Yes, Germany is a legendary Football team as well but when it comes to choosing between Brazil and Germany for a third country Football fan, the Brazilian fans would far outnumber the German fans, when it comes to a World Cup match – at least this was the case before the Brazil-Germany World Cup 2014 semifinal match.

It was supported by facts like Brazil had never lost a match at home in 39 years as the FIFA World Cup app says. But that was before this Brazil Vs Germany match on July 9.

Brazil faced Germany in 2002 World Cup final where Brazil outpaced the Germans to lift their 5th World Cup Crown. Germans had their sweet revenge and in style when they paid back the 2-0 loss of 2002 final with the 1-7 victory of the 2014 semifinal. The victory margin is huge and it gives Germany the edge in celebrating the feat even if the Brazilian team played like a novice with no defence and defanged attack.

Yes, the love for the Brazilians Football and the prayers for it to win a World Cup are not going to die because of it but the foundation of it has been shaken pretty well. How can the mere absence of two players push a team to perform so childishly?

And the bad show was not a fluke, was not by chance on a bad day, because the show continued in the next match – against Netherlands, played for the 3rd place – and again they loss it massive 3-0!

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ARGENTINA VS NETHERLANDS: THE MOMENTS OF A GOOD WORLD CUP SEMIFINAL

It was indeed a good game, even if not played that smartly – it had the fine qualities to keep the fans and enthusiasts glued to the TV sets – yes, it went to the war of nerves and was decided by the Penalty Shootout, a ‘never preferable’ end to such a good game – but, it had the elements of a must-watch World Cup semifinal – here is how the 127+Penalty Shootout minutes went for me:

19h – Netherlands Vs Argentina or Argentina Vs Netherlands – Hope it remains the same both ways – especially after the #BrazilVsGermany letdown! —

19h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – it begins now —

19h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – 1st 25 minutes – good game as the moments are on the go – chances and close chances and the missed close chances —

19h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – an all European World Cup final or Europe Vs South America will be the sides? Match is open – equal chances after 35 minutes – Score 0-0 —

19h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – 5 minutes to 45+1 – Score still 0-0 – can Netherlands be the finalist again after 2010? – Oranje and white-blue-stripes equally good —

19h – Netherlands V Argentina – Score 0-0 after the half-time – good show so far – #Messi’s hit hits goalpost in 45+2 –

19h – Netherlands V Argentina – uneventful 1st half with Score 0-0 – as expected, the Dutch had the ball more but Argentina, too, were on the job —

19h – Netherlands Vs Argentina – 2nd half begins with 0-0 – how eventful it is going to be after uneventful 1st half? —

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ARGENTINA VS NETHERLANDS: HOPE, AND HOPE, AFTER BRAZIL LETDOWN

Netherlands Vs Argentina or Argentina Vs Netherlands:

Hope it remains the same both ways – the teams play a challenging game..

Hope Argentina extend the team performance to Lionel Messi and it be at par with the Netherlands team performance and its dependable ‘trio’s, Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, fabulous show..

Hope it help us to accommodate the letdown of Brazil Vs Germany match that was indeed Germany>>>>>>>Brazil – Brazil were never in the game..

Hope the second World Cup 2014 semi-final would indeed be a FIFA World Cup event..

Hope we won’t have shocking developments today..

yes, Football surprises and we would love to have them but outright capitulation what Brazil did yesterday is never acceptable..

Many, many points to hope, and hope, and hope, after the Germany > Brazil semi-final the bad taste of which will take long to go..

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

SPAIN VS NETHERLANDS: CAN SPAIN PULL BACK AFTER ITS 2ND HALF SHOW?

Yesterday (Brazil time or the local time – today early morning 12:30 AM India Time) was the first match of the FIFA World Cup 2014 all were waiting for – the first game between two equally tough challengers who were also the finalists of the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa – where Spain emerged victorious over the Netherlands after scoring the lone goal of the match in the extra time and winning its first FIFA World Cup trophy – a game with some spectacular action was expected – but the end result was a mixed one with the Netherlands taking their game to an amazing ferocity in the second half while Spain completely lost the plot.

The first half was a true Spain Vs Netherlands fight.

The second half was Netherlands over Spain with no true fight on the ground and in the minds.

Observations during the game that kept everyone hooked:

Santosh Chaubey @Toshch · 15h
#SpainVsNetherlands – #Spain lost its 1st match 0-1 in 2010 and went over to win the WC. Can they pull back from a 1-5 loss?

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#SpainVsNetherlands – #Netherlands score amazing win over #Spain. Can Spain come back after this humiliating loss?

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#SpainVsNetherlands – 1st half was like the world champ Vs the runner up of 2010. 2nd half, #Netherlands decimate #Spain.

Santosh Chaubey @Toshch · 15h
#SpainVsNetherlands – can #Netherlands pull another 1?

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#SpainVsNetherlands -#Robben and #VanPersie, 2 goals each, give #Netherlands winning lead 5-1. 5 mins lft. #Spain now look resigned.

Santosh Chaubey @Toshch · 15h
#SpainVsNetherlands – 10 mins left, #Netherlands score 5th, #Spain looks completely lost

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#SpainVsNetherlands -#Netherlands score 4th one, # Spain hands over the goal to the Dutch. Spain looking lost at the moment.

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#SpainVsNetherlands – #Netherlands looking more charged up, score 3rd goal, keeping the ball more with them.

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#SpainVsNetherlands – #Netherlands missed just another one. #Spain, heat up the rains.

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#SpainVsNetherlands – #Robben’s goal gives the Dutch 1-2 lead. #Spain mounts up.

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#SpainVsNetherlands – the 1st #FIFA2014 challenger lives up to the expectations in the 1st half. Bravo! #Spain Vs #Netherlands like the 2010 WC final.

The 2nd such much awaited game is tomorrow, 3:30 AM India (today Brazil time) when Italy and England, the former two FIFA World Cup winners, meet up.

It’s time for some good moments, some quality TV viewing time..

Enjoy the game. You don’t need to be a soccer expert for it. Football was never my first love, yes, but the FIFA World Cup is different.

The motion, the action, the crowds, all so volatile, all so paced up, like the high-pitched notes of every type of foot-thumping music – its so charming, so loving, so captivating.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/