Brazil 1×2 Holland 2 July 2010: Brazil out of the World Cup
Holland came from behind to dump Brazil out of the World Cup in Port Elizabeth earlier today. Dunga’s men controlled most of the first-half and had taken the lead through Robinho after a superb pass from Felipe Melo. Rated by many in Europe but highly criticized in his own country, the Juventus player looked set to steer the South Americans into the semis. But Melo and Brazil went from heroes to zeros in the second period. Keeper, Julio César, had perhaps his worst game in a Brazil shirt. He collided into Melo and the ball flew into César’s net for a Dutch equalizer. Unaccustomed to trailing, Brazil lost their composure and conceded another when Sneijder was left unmarked inside the area. Felipe Melo was then sent off for trying to hack the ball away from Robben as the Dutchman was on the ground. As the game slipped away, Dunga’s only response was to bring on Nilmar for Luís Fabiano but the Villarreal man hardly got a touch. 2-1 the final score.
The defeat was probably Dunga’s last game in charge. Jeered by thousands of Brazil fans when he first took control, the coach turned his side into a highly efficient outfit that could control a game and come away with a result. But the match versus Holland was the South American’s first real test in the World Cup finals and Brazil were exposed for what they are: a decent defensive side with some match winners but lacking the creativity, the personal, and the tactical nous to turn games around.
Brazil will host the World Cup in 2014 so there’s plenty of time now for a rethink and a rebuild and perhaps a return to the type of game we all associate with the yellow and greens. Much will depend on who takes charge (assuming Dunga makes way).
After failing in South Africa, one would hope that this signals the end of the type of approach we saw under Dunga. That means the CBF have to avoid appointing the likes of Muricy Ramalho and Mano Menezes who have been successful at club level but have largely shunned the attacking style of football we all love to see Brazilians playing.
Brazil 1×2 Holland
Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lúcio, Juan, Michel Bastos (Gilberto), Gilberto Silva, Felipe Melo, Daniel Alves, Kaká, Robinho, Luis Fabiano (Nilmar).
Holland: Stekelenburg, Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Ooijer, Van Bronckhorst, Van Bommel, De Jong, Sneijder, Kuyt, Van Persie, Robben.
Coach: Bert Van Marwijk
Goals: Robinho, 10; Felipe Melo (OG), 53; Sneijder, 67
Yellow cards: Heitinga, Van der Wiel, De Jong, Ooijer (Holland); Michel Bastos (Brazil).
Red card: Felipe Melo (Brazil)
Venue: Nelson Mandela stadium
Officials: Yuichi Nishimura, Toru Sagara, (both Japan), Jeong Hae-Sang (South Korea)