Limpag: Shocked and awed by Germany

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014


IT was supposed to be a classic and competitive meeting between two teams that last met in the 2002 World Cup finals.

But it seems Germany missed that memo, while Brazil not only missed Neymar and Thiago
Silva, everybody else went missing in that epic 7-1 loss.

Such painful loss, some say, surpasses the pain of that 1950 finals loss to Uruguay and if the Brazilians are still hurting over that loss 64 years ago, when will they ever overcome this humiliation at home?

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Seven-one? It’s unbelievable. The players, coaches and fans will be dissecting this loss for days I doubt Brazil will even recover in time for the third-place playoff on July 13.

With so much pressure on the team to win a World Cup—an event the country spent billions that critics say could have been spent elsewhere—the team cracked in the 11th minute, when they gave up that first goal.

Here’s what German coach Joachim Lowe said, “We realized that they were cracking up
and took advantage of it.”

If they were just cracking in the 11th, everything broke apart for the host a few minutes later when their defense gave up four goals in six minutes.

You’d probably expect to see four goals in six minutes in a friendly, but certainly not in a World Cup semifinal.

Just like that a nation’s costly dream of winning the World Cup at home is over.

Like I wrote in a previous column, I expected Germany to win but no one--not even the German fans expected such blowout.

Such is football.

That seven-goal rampage, of course, installs the Germans as the heavy favorites to win the final and end their streak of third-place finishes. But who will they be facing? Argentina or Netherlands?

I’ll stick to my earlier projection of a first all-European final in Brazil, with the host getting a chance to salvage some of their shattered pride when they take on traditional rival Argentina in the battle for third.

For Germany, it’s on to the finals eight years after losing in the semifinals at home to Italy. And I think the impressive win has the fans thinking of another victory on July 14.

SPORTSMANSHIP. I always said that football is a box of surprises. Nobody in this world expected this result. We’ll get the sixth in Russia. Congratulations to Germany. –Pele

(www.cebufootball.blogspot.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 10, 2014.

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