Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul kept a clean sheet against Brazil in his first full International in Brazil yesterday in South America.
Holland and Tim Krul defend Brazil attack
The World Cup runners-up fought to a stubborn 0-0 stalemate yesterday against the former Wiold Champions on their home turf.
And after the game Brazil were booed off the field by their home fans at the Estadio Serra Dourada in Goiania.
In spite of a good performance from Brazil based and former Manchester City midfielder Elano, the South Americans were strangely low key yesterday, and Brazil’s only chance in the first half ell to Chelsea’s Ramires, but the midfielder sent the ball high over the cross-bar.
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie then came close just before the break after getting to a Kevin Strootman free-kick.
Early in the second half Brazil had a good chance to take the lead, but a wonderful world-class save from Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, making his full International debut, saved the Dutch from Netmar.
Then Brazil were reduced to 10 men, when Ramires picked up his second yellow card just 10 minutes from time, for a foul on Dutch winger and former Chelsea star Arjen Robben.
Brazilian and Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar said after the game that Brazilian fans needed to be patient with new coach Mano Menezes.
“Supporters want to see goals but this is a new project under a new coach and it needs time to work.”
Holland will now play Uruguay in Montevideo on Wednesday.
For Newcastle fans. they can feel proud of young goalkeeper Tim Krul, who kept a clean sheet against one of the best International teams in the world, not bad for a a full International debut.
Well done Tim Krul.
But Brazil will need to do a lot better then this, if they are to win the World Cup, when they host the famous FIFA tournament in Brazil in three years time.
Anything less than victory will not be acceptable to Brazilians.