Brazil falls way short again

For the second World Cup in a row Brazil fails to reach the semi finals of the tournament with Dunga’s team being booted by a resilient Dutch side.

Brazil, the favorites to win the tournament almost every year, outplayed the Netherlands in the first half and took a 1-0 lead into the dressing room thanks to a brilliant one touch strike by Robinho. They deserved to be winning with great play, specially by Kaka and the entire defense.

The second half was a complete turnaround for Holland where they dominated the Brazilians and consistently turned to Robben on the right hand side to mount their attacks. Robben was handcuffed however, with two Brazilians always marking his left foot. Robben didn’t manage to get a single whiff on goal as he constantly had his shots blocked the guys marking his cuts towards the center. Still the Dutch did not quit and saw their efforts rewarded with a fluke goal by Sneijder on a cross (it was officially awarded to Felipe Melo as an own goal).

Kuyt got more involved after the first goal, when Brazil was forced to open up and the Liverpool man saw more touches and between him and Sneijder the Dutch attack seemed a lot more menacing. The second Dutch goal came off a set piece, a rarity against a Brazilian defense. Kuyt flicked it on to Sneijder who headed in it.

Brazil ended up playing with 10 men after a bonehead tackle by Felipe Melo and the rest is history.
Dunga, Felipe Melo and Julio Cesar must be disappointed.
Heitinga’s mistake will be forgotten for now but the Dutch advance with several ineligible players.

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