Netherlands Stun Brazil 2-1


In a big upset today in Port Elizabeth, the Netherlands came back from one goal down at half time, to beat the Brazilian juggernaut 2-1.

Julio Cesar – completely missed a cross from Wesley Sneijder for first goal

Manchester City flop Robinho,  scored after just 10 minutes, when a through ball completely split the Netherlands defense, and to his credit Robinho put the ball home brilliantly.

And Brazil played well in the first half,  but the Netherlands started to get back in the game in the second half, and equalized through a terrible mistake by Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

On 53 minutes, Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder, a team-mate of Julio’s,  put in a long high free kick from the right, and basically the Brazilian goalkeeper missed his punch completely, and the ball landed up in the back of the net.

It was a terrible mistake by a goalkeeper who is generally thought to be one of, if not the best,  in the world having come off a great season at Inter Milan.

It should have been Sneijder’s goal, but to possibly spare the Brazilian goalkeeper some embarrassment, a Brazilian defender (Felipe Melo who was later sent off) was said to have grazed the ball with his head, but he didn’t divert the ball at all.

That was the first ever own goal conceded by Brazil in the World Cup finals – ever.

Then on 69 minutes the Netherlands went ahead,  as Brazil were becoming rattled and Wesley Sneijder scored a good header from a corner and again the Brazilian defense were at fault, as the smallest player on the field scored with a header on the six yard line.

The Brazilians then started to lose more control,  and  after maybe his 5th terrible tackle of the game after 73 minutes,  Brazilian Felipe Melo was sent off with a second yellow card.

It was for stamping on Dutch striker Arjen Robben, but as usual Arjen was more on the floor than on his feet in this game, and he really  has to cut out all his theatrics of throwing himself to the ground at the slightest touch. He’s probably the worst culprit of doing that in these World Cup finals.

But Melo simply let the Brazil side down in this game, and seemed to be out of control with many of his tackles.

This is also the first time in 38 games in the World Cup, that Brazil, after being ahead at half time,  they failed to win the game.

Former Newcastle manager Ruud Gullit was commenting on the game on ESPN in the US, with former Liverpool great Steve McManaman also a pundit,  and Ruud went crazy and could hardly maintain his cool at the end of the game, he was so  delighted with the way the Dutch lads outplayed the Brazilians in the second half.

While commenting on an earlier game involving the Dutch, he had the rest of the pundits in stitches as he said:

We have a saying in Holland – if you’re not Dutch you’re not much.”  😀

But the Brazil side seemed to lose composure near the end, and it’s the first time we’ve seen a Brazilian side as ratlled as they were in the last 30 minutes of this game.

So the World Cup is now wide open after the hot favorites are out – hey – if only England were still in – woulda coulda shoudla indeed.

Comments welcome.



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25 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Jul 2, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Brazil never had an answer to Robben and Brazil could quite easily have had 2 defenders sent off.

    Personally I thought Argentina would be the team to beat and hope they put a few away against the Germans tomorrow, afterall the Germans have said they are playing a top team now!

    Love to see Ghana get through too to play Holland, Argentina V Ghana final? lol

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 2, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Yes – I’d also love to see Ghana go though – it seems that all of Africa will be watching that game tonight.

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  • MacToon

    Jul 2, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #3

    To think they’ve got this far without Essien, one of the best midfielders around is quite an achievement.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jul 2, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #4

    It seems alot of people want Ghana to win, I’ve said since the beginning that if England dont win the World Cup then i’d like an African side to

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  • MacToon

    Jul 2, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Well deserved goal by Ghana.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Jul 2, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #6

    If Ghana win the WC i will be more happy than if England had won it.

    I love Ghana and KPB, imo, is one of the best players in the Prem. I rate him that highly.

    Also if they do win this and the semi they’ll hopefully be playing my other second team (Argentina) so I’ll be able to enjoy the game no matter what 😀

    HO’WAY GHANA!

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  • MacToon

    Jul 2, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Wonder how much KPB is worth now, he’s been great this wc and so have Ghana in general. Good luck to them…..

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  • Oba

    Jul 2, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Anyone else think that we should go in for KPB?

    Good player, at a club that is struggling financially, we need a bit of creativity in behind Carroll.

    I think he’d be good and it would be a more worthwhile signing than Erdinç who isn’t really needed at the price that is touted.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jul 2, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Oba- i agree with you that KPB would be a good signing, however Erdinic is certainly needed, we have alot of unproven PREM strikers and we lack a good goalscorer, Carroll is very good for his age, but he’s pretty much unproven at Prem level The Carroll- Lovenkrands partnership is very good, however when one of them gets injured we seem to have backup that are young or not up to scratch. I think 7.5mil is a very good price for Erdinic and i’m sure he would be worth it.

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  • MacToon

    Jul 2, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Don’t think we could afford him now Oba but he did well at Pompey too. Strange situation to have his brother playing for Germany.

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  • MacToon

    Jul 2, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Boateng is running the mf for Ghana.

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  • MacToon

    Jul 2, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #12

    lol Derek Boateng that is!

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  • Oba

    Jul 2, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #13

    I think we could afford him if we apparently bid 5mil for Erdinç or whatever.

    We have to prioritise and I think a creative midfielder is more important. We’re not going to be able to win games with just gritty performances, we’re going to need a bit of graft too and someone to open up defences a little more subtly.

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  • MacToon

    Jul 2, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Portsmouth have told Lazio to double their £5m joint offer for duo Kevin-Prince Boateng and Nadir Belhadj.
    From the Daily Star

    Like I said earlier his price has probably increased now because of the wc, wonder if CH ever considered him.

    Btw scrub that about Derek Boateng, was talking rubbish lol

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  • Oba

    Jul 2, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Derek Boateng isn’t on the pitch. 😀

    I reckon £5m would get us KPB.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Jul 2, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #16

    OMG, this is the craziest game of the world cup so far!

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  • MacToon

    Jul 2, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #17

    tx Oba, took u long enough 😆

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  • MacToon

    Jul 2, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Can u believe the end to the game, hate penalty shoot-outs.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Jul 2, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #19

    I could honestly cry I’m so nervous :'(

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  • MacToon

    Jul 2, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #20

    What a shame, Ghana imo deserved to win.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Jul 2, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Oh f***

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  • Oba

    Jul 2, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #22

    I am gutted right now for Ghana. Such a vibrancy around an African team still being in the competition but now there isn’t. ;(

    Uruguay are a good side though and I think they’ll give the Dutch a good game.

    Hughton – bring me Kevin Prince-Boateng.

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  • northernfacing

    Jul 2, 2010 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #23

    nobody mentions the shocking play acting of Robben throughout (worst seen outside of an Italy shirt) dived to win te free kick which tied the game, almost got the left back sent off – i would have kicked hinm if I’d had the chance never mind Melo (shame he hadn’t been a bit more mellow). Poor refereeing throughout the game, pretty much a consitancy of this WC. Hopefully it will be a watershed in football, and something will be done about the cheats at last – simple answer, review afterwards, divers banned for next game, although I suppose Robben would never play 2 games in a row!

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  • The-Ciaran8

    Jul 3, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #24

    before the world cup started i put a £100 bet on Holland winning it

    COMON the Dutch.

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  • Newutd

    Jul 3, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Gutierrez to start on the left wing tomorrow! (at least it says so on livescores.com )

    Exciting!

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