SAO PAULO: Brazil have been blamed for not being attacking enough since the World Cup started but it was their once admired defence that will carry the can for Tuesday’s incredible 7-1 loss to Germany.
Brazil have never conceded seven goals in a game and it took them the last year and 16 previous matches to let in that amount, thanks largely to the solid central defensive pairing of Thiago Silva and David Luiz.
Silva was missing in Tuesday’s semi-final through suspension but the same word could have been applied to the players who did take the field at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.
Germany scored five goals in a first-half humiliation of the hosts and then added two more after the break before Oscar got a consolation goal at the death.
“Five goals in 18 minutes. It’s clear that they were shocked and didn’t know what to do,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew.That analysis was as good as any.
Brazil were lackadaisical and slow from the kick off and even a defence that featured players from European giants BayernMunich, Real Madrid, AS Roma and Paris St Germain looked shell-shocked in the face of repeated German attacks.
They screwed up the basics, whether it was marking at corners, tracking back with attackers, or talking to each other when playing the ball out of defence.
Fullbacks Marcelo and Maicon were slow and easily dispossessed on the flanks, and the positional sense of central defenders Dante and Luiz was shocking.
Luiz let Thomas Mueller get away from him to side foot home the opening goal from a corner in the 11th minute, a mistake that TV Globo commentator Ronaldo called “infantile.”