FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010

Season 1 Episode 57

Netherlands vs. Brazil

Aired Daily 7:00 AM Jul 02, 2010 on ESPN
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Netherlands vs. Brazil
Quarter-finals, Match 57: Netherlands vs. Brazil, 4:00 PM, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth.

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  • A Tale of Two Halves

    The Dutch are ranked #4 in the world, so this isn't by any means a monumental upset. For me, how it happened is. Brazil was so dominant in the first half and were unlucky to only be up 1-0.

    I don't what happened a halftime, but a different team emerged after the break. The second half team looked all too much like the 1998 World Cup Final team that lost the championship game 3-0 to the home standing French. That team had the great Ronaldo, who is still the all-time goal scoring leader at World Cup Finals, but the French just picked them apart that day. It's as if the team had no spirit and the game was over before it started. The second half today looked much like that and it's utterly mystifying after that amazing first half display.

    The Dutch should have a way clear to the Final now regardless of who they have to play.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Brazil Forward Robinho: I can't explain it. We were excellent in the first half but conceded two silly goals in the second and got knocked out. Anyone who saw the first half would have thought we'd end up thrashing them but we ended up conceding twice. Everyone's gutted and we know we could have done better. Football's a great source of joy but today, unfortunately, the people of Brazil are sad.

    • Brazil Coach Dunga: There's no doubt we're all down because, even though we knew this would be a very tough game, we weren't expecting this. After the interval we weren't able to play with the same style or level of concentration as we had in the first half. A World Cup match is decided by small details over the course of 90 minutes and unfortunately we fell short of our primary objective, the title

    • Netherlands Coach Bert van Marwijk: It took us about 25 minutes of today's game to deal with our nerves, and I was pleased to be only 1-0 down at the interval. During the break I told them to play their usual game during the second half. Once we scored our first goal we played much better and proved that we've got a very strong squad. We'll celebrate tonight but then we need to turn our focus to our next game.

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