Shock and disbelief as Brazil exit World Cup

July 3rd, 2010

Brazilian fans at the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro display their disappointment after their team lost 1-2 to The Netherlands in yesterday’s World Cup match in Port Elizabeth. (Photo: AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — A devastating silence fell over Rio de Janeiro yesterday after the country’s dreams of a sixth World Cup title were crushed by Holland in a stunning 2-1 defeat for the Brazilian team.

“It’s truly a nightmare,” TV Globo’s celebrated commentator Galvao cried.

The country’s president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was “profoundly sad” and “astonished” by the Brazilian team’s defeat at the hands of Holland in the World Cup quarter-final match.

“He was shocked by the collapse of the team in the second half, trying to understand their emotional unbalance,” the president’s chief of cabinet Gilberto Carvalho told local reporters.

“Lula thought that some players performed much worse than expected and by the end of the game, we were watching television in disbelief,” Carvalho added.

In the streets of Rio, quiet reigned and the frenzied pre-match drone of vuvuzelas and klaxons was long gone after Holland managed to equalise on a Brazilian own goal in the second half before Dutchman Wesley Sneijder headed home a winner.

At Copacabana beach, where some 50,000 fans sporting their team’s green and yellow colours had gathered, many were in tears, hanging their heads and refusing to speak.

Others cursed Brazilian coach Dunga and Felipe Melo, the Brazilian defensive midfielder who scored an own goal and was later sent off.

“I was very surprised by the totally disproportionate emotional unbalance shown by the team after the score was equalised,” former Brazil footballer Walter Casagrande Junior told TV Globo.

In a Copacabana bar, fans consoled each other and drowned their sorrows in beer, accompanied by appropriately downbeat music.

Elsewhere across the country, bitter fans who had gathered to cheer on their team slowly dispersed in the knowledge that their next shot at another World Cup title won’t come until 2014, when Brazil will host the competition.

Brazil’s Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, who watched the match with Lula, tried to console his compatriots.

“Like all Brazilians, we are very sad, but it’s not the end of the world, we’ll win the next one,” he said.

Source: Jamaica Observer

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