Blasé Brazil blow it versus Venezuela

June 7, 2008 at 00:51 4 comments


You\'re not sambaing anymore

On Friday evening, Brazil lost their first ever match to Venezuela when they succumbed 2×0 in the Gillette stadium in Boston.

The defeat ended Brazil’s run of 17 straight wins against their South American neighbours. Up to last night, Brazil had put away 78 goals to Venezuela’s 4.

In a lacklustre performance, Brazil created very little. The much-vaunted RAP pack frontline comprised of Robinho, Adriano and Pato, failed miserably and may never be seen again.

The tone of the match was set early on.

With just 5 minutes on the clock, Venezuela broke from the halfway line. Brazil were caught wrong-footed by Maldonado who sprinted down the centre of the pitch and then chipped Doni with a panache that any Brazilian would have been proud of.

It took Brazil 25 minutes before they had their first real attempt on goal and that came from Manchester United man, Anderson.

33 minutes in, Venezuela should have been 2×0 up. A cross from the right was not cleared but Arango failed to direct the ball in from two metres out.

As the half wore on, Brazil began to resort to more diving in an effort to create something in front of goal.

But Venezuela were never troubled by Brazil’s rather limp approach.

And then two minutes before half-time, Brazil were left stunned once again. Dunga’s team lost possession in midfield and Vargas glided past three – including a flat-footed Luisão – and another cool finish made it 2×0 to Venezuela.

A dishevelled Brazil were booed off at the end of the first period.

It came as no surprise that Dunga had made three changes when Brazil came out for the second period. Among them, Alexandre Pato: so much for the RAP pack.

Brazil improved but Venezuela’s defence were nearly always first to the ball when the opposition got anywhere near to Renny Vega’s goal.

56 minutes in, Diego nearly scored but was denied by Vega and then the post.

Dunga then made more changes. Adriano’s last bit of action was a backheal that almost went in – a much-relieved Luís Fabiano replaced him. The Seville man must have thought his time was up with Brazil when he saw the starting line-up but the forward had a wry smile on his face when he came on in the 66th minute.

But real chances for Brazil were few and far between and Venezuela held on with ease to record an historic win.

This was only Dunga’s third loss since taking charge of Brazil. The others came against more respected opposition: Mexico and Portugal

And so ended Brazil’s warm-ups before they get down to the real business against Paraguay and Argentina next week.

So, what if anything, did Dunga learn from playing against teams that Brazil were expected to beat with ease, but failed to do so? Brazil try to coast through friendlies? They always underestimate the opposition? Dunga should have known this already. In fact the friendlies may have been of more use to Paraguay and Argentina who would have noticed Brazil’s defensive frailties; especially down the centre.

See the goals here

BRAZIL: Doni; Daniel Alves (Maicon), Luisão, Henrique, Gilberto; Gilberto Silva (Josué), Anderson (Rafael Sóbis), Elano (Mineiro); Robinho, Alexandre Pato (Diego), Adriano (Luís Fabiano)
Coach: Dunga

VENEZUELA: Vega; Chacón, Rey, Boada, Hernández (Fuenmayor); Vitali, Rincón (E. Hernandes), Rojas (Lucena), Vargas (Rondón); Arango (Gonzales), Maldonado (Arismende)
Coach: César Farías

Gillette Stadium, Boston
Attendance: 54,045
Referee: Jair Marrufo (México)
Yellows: Anderson (Brazil), Chacón, Vitali (Venezuela)
Goals: Maldonado, Vargas




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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. frost  |  June 7, 2008 at 15:36

    Nicely written analysis, surprised that you weren’t more sarcastic (as you might have been, deservedly so). You nailed it, and they should be very ashamed.

  • […] not so lucky in the second friendly and they lost against Venezuela. Adriano started that game, and by the accounts that I could find, he did not shine. Maicon was subbed in for the second half and Julio Cesar did […]

  • 3. jzlim11  |  June 9, 2008 at 23:27

    What a shame to loss to the team that Brazil used to beat at 7-0. Until now Dunga still cannot find a solid defence formation and creative attacking combination. Josue and Mineiro are the world’s defensive joke. Luisao is the worst defender in the world. Adriano far from his best. Robinho is just a disneyland dribbler. Pato you are too overated. Diego perhaps German League suits you better. Anderson can only play on his left foot and he should play as left attacking wing not holding midfielder. As a conclusion, Brazil didn’t play like a team perhaps they think club or NIGHT CLUB is better pride for them. Go ahead if they think so(PLS FORWARD TO RONALDINHO). But where are upcoming, talented and innocent young star players?

  • 4. Amar Twink  |  October 11, 2009 at 18:43

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