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Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014

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Brazil don't even deserve to be in the round of 16, says Malaysian national player

The Star/ANN | T. Avineshwaran | Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014

Brazil's defender Thiago Silva (R) comforts Brazil's defender David Luiz after the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany.

PETALING JAYA: For many who watched the first semi-final of the World Cup, the 7-1 Brazil defeat is something that they will never ever forget.

It's the heaviest defeat in World Cup's semi-final history. In 1954, Germany, then known as West Germany, defeated Austria 6-1 and in 1930 both semis finished with that score. Uruguay defeating Yugoslavia and Argentina smashing USA.

It was only the second time that Brazil had lost by six goals and the first one was dated back in 1920.

Two goals from Toni Kroos and Andreas Schuerrle proved to be the toast for the Germans. The other goals were scored by Thomas Mueller, Sami Khedira and Miroslav Klose. Brazil's solitary goal was scored by Oscar.

According to national defender S.Subramaniam, who watched the game last night, the Selecao lost it once their midfield crumbled under the weigh of expectations.

"They were just too open. Tactically, Brazil played all their group games in the same style.

"Yesterday, it was one-way traffic. If you ask me, they don't even deserve to be in the round of 16," he said.

He claimed the Brazilians were lucky throughout the tournament thanks to some disputed decisions especially in their first group match against Croatia.

"In the round of 16, Chileans were way better than the Brazilians. I think they were affected by the absence of star striker Neymar and captain Thiago Silva," said Subramaniam who plays for Malaysian Super League champions JDT.

He lauded the Germans for being dominant and praised the midfielders who ensured that the middle of the park was theirs.

"Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos dominated in midfield. They've been dominant in all their matches.

"They are good when it comes to possession and when they attack, they're really quick,"

He also added that the Brazilians don't deserve this at all and with billions spent by the host nation, the Brazilian players should have at least put up a fight against the Germans.

Fellow national footballer Amirizdwan Taj Tajudin said that football is a team game and it was shocking to see Brazil producing such a display in front of their own fans.

"7-1 is too much. Brazil were over reliant on Neymar and it showed against Germany. They don't trust each other and without Thiago Silva, they don't have a leader as well.

"David Luiz lacks tactical discipline. His positioning was suspect. I think it wasn't Scolari's tactics that caused the downfall," adding Scolari used his preferred first eleven for all his matches.

Brazilian Futsal Academy coach Andre Subbas said that preparation was key and the Germans were following Brazilian football for many years.

"The Germans send their scouts to Brazil to monitor their progress and also learn a thing or two from them.

"Football is a religion in Brazil. Anywhere you go in Brazil, you can see children playing football or futsal in the streets for hours," said Andre.

S.Naveen, who has been supporting the Brazil team since the 1994 World Cup said it was shocking for all the fans including himself but he said this is not the end for Brazilian football.

"This is just the beginning. In 2018, they will lift their sixth title. This tournament, I didn't see much samba and they weren't in their element.

"But it was very entertaining to watch the Brazilians play and seeing them don the yellow and green jersey - I get goosebumps all the time," said the 28-year-old engineer.

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