Brazil 0-3 Argentina – Beijing Olympics men’s football semi-final

August 19, 2008 at 12:32 5 comments

A crying shame

A crying shame

Brazil’s dream of an Olympic Gold ended in spectacular style after they were thumped 3-0 by archenemies Argentina in the Worker’s stadium in Beijing.

Second-half goals from Aguero (two) and a penalty from Riquelme gave Argentina the victory they deserved and a place in the final vs Nigeria on Saturday.

After stumbling past Belgium, New Zealand, China and Cameroons, Brazil came up well short in their first real test of the tournament.

Brazil hit the woodwork twice but there can be no real complaints about the result. For most of the match, Brazil played with an overly defensive midfield and one man up front. It wasn’t until the 70th minute when Brazil were two goals down that Dunga threw on Jô to partner Alexandre Pato. Late in the match Lucas and Thiago Neves were sent off – both for taking swipes at Mascherano – but the outcome of the game had been decided well before they went.

Brazil now face the ignominy of having to compete with Belgium for the Bronze on Friday. Brazil return to World Cup qualifying action away to Chile in early September.

Brazil will take few positives from their showing in the competition. Not many players demonstrated that they could command a regular place in the senior squad – the exceptions could be Rafinha, Marcelo, and Rafael Sóbis.  

But perhaps the best thing to come out of this flop could be the end of Dunga’s lamentable spell in charge. Brazil have rarely shined under the coach. And though this is partially down to player’s performances; the bulk of the responsibility rests with Dunga and his overly-defensive posture and inability to use correctly the talent at his disposal.

Dunga’s preoccupation with the opposition has taken Brazil several steps back. And with rare exceptions, the South American’s performances have been devoid of the panache that made them famous throughout the world.  

With Brazil also struggling in the World Cup qualifiers, the pressure to remove Dunga will be immense and Brazil’s football confederation might do all the fans of Brazilian football a favour and decide it’s time to let him go.

Argentina: Romero, Garay, Monzon, Zabaleta, Pareja, Gago, Mascherano, Di Maria, Riqhelme (Sosa), Messi, Agüero
Coach: Sérgio Batista

Brazil: Renan, Rafinha, Alex Silva, Breno, Marcelo, Lucas, Hernanes (Thiago Neves), Anderson, Diego (Jô); Ronaldinho Gaúcho, Rafael Sóbis (Alexandre Pato)
Coach: Dunga

Venue: worker’s stadium, Beijing  
Date: 19 August 2008
Referee: Martíns Vázques (Uruguay) 

Yellows: Zabaleta, Pareja & Garay (ARG); Breno, Hernanes & Ânderson (BRA)

Reds: Lucas & Thiago Neves (BRA)
Goals: ARGENTINA: Agüero x2, Riquelme


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. frost  |  August 19, 2008 at 14:47

    Justice! Adios, Dunga! Send him to Bolivia, Venezuela or Cuba, but he should be 86’d from Brasil – – for sure.

  • 2. argentina  |  August 19, 2008 at 18:32

    Vamos argentina….chau brasil ¿son los pentacampeones del mundo? chau chau chau… a la medalla de oro no la ganas nunca!!! chau!!! a jugar por el 3º puesto!!! jaja!

  • 3. jzlim11  |  August 19, 2008 at 23:41

    Who can saves Brazil now???

  • 4. jzlim11  |  August 20, 2008 at 02:34

    Man! It was really hurt to see Brazil lost this way. Look like they used to losing alreday. They lost in World Cup, U17, U20. They probably will lose their perfect World Cup qualifying record also. Every nation has caught up!? I don’t think so. I think is Brazil’s football standard deteriorating.

  • 5. Sexton Blake  |  August 20, 2008 at 07:33

    Strange to say, the team I was reminded of was…England! Class player – you can hardly say the likes of Anderson & Diego lack flair – but no real shape, a lack of belief, and crucially, no cutting edge. At this time, in a parallel universe, a fully-functioning Adriano, Ronaldo & Ronaldinho would be cutting a swathe through world football.

    That Messi is some player, though!


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