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Football: Brazil's image shattered, says Maradona

Published on Jul 9, 2014 9:46 PM
 
Former football star Diego Maradona (centre) at the Uefa Europa League semi-final football match Juventus v Benfica on May 1st, 2014. Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final was a "hammer-blow" that has damaged the hosts’ image around the world, Maradona said. -- PHOTO: AFP

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (REUTERS) - Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final was a "hammer-blow" that has damaged the hosts’ image around the world, Argentine great Diego Maradona said.

The astonishing reverse was Brazil’s record World Cup defeat, their first loss at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975, and the first time they had lost by six goals in any match since Uruguay beat them 6-0 in the Copa America in 1920.

"I said Germany were better than Brazil, I didn’t like Brazil from the start, but I didn’t think Germany were going to be so imposing, so devastating, so decisive,” the former World Cup winner said on a chat-show late on Tuesday.

"Brazil just didn’t turn up and I think the worst thing for Brazil is that they gave an extremely poor image. OK, Germany were strong but the Brazil players simply weren’t on the pitch."

 
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