Written By: Saikat Ghosh/New Delhi
The scene at Belo Horizonte makes you feel pity and sympathetic.
A millions of hopes had just dashed. Germans spared nobody, right from a little boy to a helpless Scolari who stared in disbelief thinking what had hit them.
An ordinary Brazilian defence had just let in five goals within the space of 29 minutes.
To make the matter worse, fans ran out of patience and the national team was booed all the way to the locker room in the half time. Football can be cruel sometimes.
In the aftermath, experts termed Klose’s second goal as the beginning of a planned massacre, and blamed a poor defensive back line of felicitating Germany forwards.
Here are five observations from Tuesday night:
Vulnerable Defence: Brazilian defence had no idea what was happening, they let the ball pass through themselves and never tried to intercept German long balls. “There was no tackle, no blocks, they let the room to Germans to have a shot at the goal,” summarized a pundit in the post-match analysis.
Out-of-position Cesar: Every coach wants his defence to not to give sight of the goal to the opposition, Brazil did exactly opposite, exposing Caesar’s position to the core German strike force. This left Brazilian goalkeeper with a shaky confidence; he was found out of positions on several occasions. The villain who turned hero couple of weeks back was back to his usual self.
Inaccurate long balls: Right from the start the Selecaos were not effective in delivering accurate long balls. Hulk on the wings delivered several passes to no man’s land. Marcelo also took a leaf out of his notebook and followed suit.
Ineffective Fred: The only lone striker, Fred was nowhere in the game except when the cameras flashed him in the aftermath of the defeat. Meanwhile, he was nowhere to be seen; he deserted Oscar, who scored the only goal for Brazil, looking for options left and right.
No Replacement for Neymar, Thiago Silva: Over-dependence on a single player came back to haunt the team in the semis, with Neymar off to his home town for rehab, Scolari threw the local boy, Bernard, in to the grind, who despite some good runs failed to fill up the big boots.
Dante, too wasn’t enough to replace Captain Thiago Silva who was watching from the stands. Germany made the most out of it with nine shots all on target till half-time.