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.