Favourites Brazil dumped out by Holland with second half double

July 2nd, 2010

We’re at the business end of the World Cup and this afternoon’s first quarter-final clash really is one to whet the appetite. Five times winners Brazil against a Dutch side with a 100 per cent record in qualifiers and in South Africa. A game worthy of gracing the final – but we’ll happily watch these two giants battle it out now for a place in the semi-finals. Tom Bellwood is watching the action at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth.

FULL TIME: That’s it, all over. The favourites Brazil are OUT.

90+2 – What!? Holland are in the Brazil box, it’s three-on-one. Huntelaar dallies an aaaaaaage before passing to a team-mate but Lucio is back to clear.

90+2 – Incredibly, Brazil are lumping high balls into the box. I’ve never seen the like. The Holland defence heads ball after ball away.

90 – We’ll have THREE minutes added on. Time for Holland to play keep ball.

89 – The favourites are seconds from going out. yup, you’re Brazil v Spain final bet is ruined. Well, mine is anyway.

86 – If it’s OK with you, I’ll tell you that Brazil look shorn of ideas right now. I know, I know, crazy talk but true. Kuyt tip toes through the Brazilian defence and then runs off without the ball. He should have scored.

84 – This really is breathless stuff now. Kuyt should have made it three but for Cesar’s neat save and straight up the other end Ooijer has to stay strong and block Kaka’s shot.

81 – Danger for Hoolland. My word, that was a real let off for the Dutch. poor goal keeping from Stekelenburg, allowing a corner to bounce across the six-yard area. It’s cleared – just.

79 – BOOM! Van Persie’s effort sails 4.32km* over the bar. *Estimate.

78 – Holland win a free-kick, in a very decent position, around 30-yards out from the Brazil goal. Van Persie stands over it, a real look of intent etched over his face…

75 – Brazil are rattled here. Their discipline is shot to pieces. Robben hits the deck (again) down by the corner flag and Robinho decides to partake in some finger-wagging and gesticulating at the former Chelsea winger.

73 – RED CARD FELIPE MELO is off for a ridiculous stamp on Robben and now Brazil are down to 10 men. The two clashed, Robben hit the deck and Melo decided the best course of action – given his side are losing – was to have a stand on his opponent’s thigh.

72 – There’s nowt coming from Brazil juts yet. Kaka’s barely had a touch in the last 10 minutes, ditto Robinho. The former takes a dive in the box and looks hopefully up at the referee.

69 – Right, what have you got then, Brazil? Samba boys, magic men of world football? You’re time to step up is now.

67 GOAL WESLEY SNEIJDER heads Holland in front. And it has been coming. Corner, flicked on by Kuyt, was met by Sneijder, totally unmarked, to nut home from six-yards.

65 – OOOH! That’s very close. Kaka’s side-footed curling effort from the edge of the box looked destined to ripple the net. However, it glided just the wrong side of the upright.

64 – BOOKING for Nigel De Jong. He has one, two, then three bites at Robinho, eventually the ref blows his whistle and the Manchester City holding midfielder will miss the next game.

61 – SUBSTITUTION for Brazil, and it’s a completely understandable one. At left-back Bastos is replaced by Tottenham flop Gilberto.

58 – Oh, and that is now very much game on. Holland look much the more confident of the two sides.

54 – Right, I’ve seen the goal about 456 times now. yes, it will be credited to Melo but Cesar must take his share of the blame. His attempted punch was sub half-hearted, no commitment to winning the ball.

52 – (OWN) GOAL FELIPE MELO heads the ball into his own net. A complete shambles, coming from an iffy-looking free-kick. Sneijder’s delivery was missed by Cesar who punched thin air and clipped the Juventus defender’s head on the way to the back of the net.

51 – Hmmm. I’m not sure about that free-kick. Robben wins the Oscar for a Best Dive, Bastos looks pleadingly at the ref and he has a case. Sliding challenge may have got the faintest of clips on Robben’s ankles but he shoots up into the startosphere, clutching his limb. Free-kick, out on the touchline, 35-yards from goal.

50 – Sneijder drags a shot wide from the edge of the box. Holland seeing plenty of the ball here…

47 – BOOKING for Gregory Van Der Wiel, after the most theatrical of dives. Spot on there, Mr Referee. And Van Der Wiel will miss the semi0-final – if they get there.

46 – Half a chance for Robben. A lax touch from Juan allowed the Bayern winger to burst goalwards but a heavy first feel allowed the ball to escape and Lucio cleared up.

SECOND HALF: Right, no changes to either side. And we’re back off and running…

HALF TIME: A real stop-start affair. Brazil have been by far and away the better of the two sides but we haven’t exactly been treated to an avalanche of goal chances. The Samba boys look good for a spot in the semis. More in a bit…

45 – We’ll have one minute added on.

43 – Arjen Robben now finds himself in a decent position, just on the edge of the box. Problem is he takes a touch and in 0.0005 of a second there are four players in blue shirts around him. Chance lost.

41 – Now it’s Maicon’s turn to commit a rather daft foul. Shoving Dirk Kuyt. This game’s gone a wee bit scrappy.

37 – BOOKING for Michel Bastos. A daft one, really. Arriving late and into the back of Robben. Simple decision, but Dunga’s very angry on the bench, cursing and banging things.

35 – BOOM! Wesley Sneijder takes control of free-kick duties. His effort looked better than Van Persie’s earlier attempt but flew down Ceasr’s throat and was comfortably saved.

34 – A somewhat embarrassing episode for Holland. They win a corner, Robben tries to take a cheeky one  – you know the type, rolling the ball just outside of the corner area and running off. The only problem is that no one in an orange shirt noticed. It’s all a bit of a mess. Let’s try and forget the whole episode.

29 – WHAT A SAVE by Stekelenburg. Best of the tournament so far for me. Robinho does a great impression of Carlos Tevez, shooting off on a belligerent run, harassing and chasing until the ball was his again. He finds Kaka, no more than 20-yards out, who angles a peach of a curling shot. It’s heading for the top right-hand corner but the Ajax stopper stuck out a palm to direct the ball out. Corner.

25 – BOOM! Dani Alves gives it his best twinkle toes impression, digs out a cross to Juan who leans back and slams over the bar. Very un-Brazilian technique there, Mr Juan.

22 – Van Bronckhorst swings a cross in, but it’s too close to Cesar who plucks it out of the sky with ease. Holland haven’t really got going as an attacking force, just yet. Their possession is mainly in nonthreatening areas and need to press higher up the pitch.

19 – … or maybe not. Persie’s shot goes several miles over Cesar’s goal. Naughty.

18 – Right, here we go – chance for Holland to strike back. They have a free-kick, just right of centre, about 30-yards out. Perfect Van Persie territory…

16 – I’ve seen the goal few times and as smart as the pass was, the Holland defence parted accommodatingly – it was almost English defending.

13 – Cynical stuff from Heitinga, checking  Luis Fabiano as he trotted behind him. That’s our first booking of the game. The resulting free-kick amounts to nought.

11 – Holland show some intent with Kuyt skipping away down the left-hand touchline. He cuts across the line of defense and thundered a right-foot shot that Cesar did well to dip down and save.

9 – GOAL ROBINHO Brazil have the lead and it comes via the simplest of moves. Melo’s through ball was exquisite, Heitinga played him onside and the Manchester City reject swept past Stekelenburg from just inside the area. That’s also the first goal Holland have conceded from open play this tournament.

7 – DISALLOWED GOAL! Ooooh, that’s a late, late call. A wonderful move, Kaka lays the ball across the six-yard area but the flag is raised just a moment before Robinho slammed home.

5 – And now melo has stuck the boot in on De Jong. Sexy football this aint so far.

4 – Blimey, lively start. Not in terms of chances but Dani Alves and Robben clash, Robinho gets involved and we’ve already got the handbags out.

KICK OFF: Yes, it’s true, we are off and running. The Dutch in those famous oranje shirts, Brazil in their change strip of blue and white.

Source: DailyMail

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