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OUR MAN IN BRAZIL

Scolari must take the blame and go

His inability to get young team to focus after Neymar's injury proved costly

Published on Jul 14, 2014 7:58 AM
 

This time round, there was no outpouring of emotion. No public waterworks.

There were plenty of sighs though, especially following the first goal after just two minutes.

But, when Brazil conceded the second against the Netherlands and the subsequent third to lose the third-place play-off in Brasilia 0-3 on Saturday, sarcastic laughter greeted each of those goals.

At a cafe in the bohemian neighbourhood of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazilians watching the match were resigned to the fact that the Selecao were just plain awful.

 
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Background story

Brazil's unwanted records

  • Lost consecutive competitive games for the first time in 100 years.
  • Lost back-to-back matches on home soil for the first time since 1940.
  • Joint-second worst World Cup defeat alongside the 0-3 loss to France in 1998 - days after the 1-7 thrashing by Germany.
  • Conceded the most goals (14) at a World Cup in Brazil's history and the first team to concede 14 or more goals since Belgium (15) in 1986.
  • Thiago Silva's yellow card 98 seconds into the match is the fastest a Brazilian has been booked in World Cup history.

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