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Brazil 2 x 1 Korea DPR June 16, 2010

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Brazilians celebrating the first goal

Of course, after all I’m Brazilian, in our office pool I bet Brazil 5 x 0 Korea DPR. But that’s the heart talking. The truth is the game was exactly how I expected it to be.

Brazil has a very strong counter attack, which Korea didn’t offer. And when the other team goes to the pitch with the sole goal of defending, with zero offensive pretensions, it is always hard to score. Very hard. In Brazil we are used to seeing this kind of team during the first stage of the Libertadores. Small teams, from countries with little to no football tradition, often go to Brazil with at most one attacker, who waits near the midfield, and 10 players try to make the time pass as uneventfully as possible.

I’ve been following the World Cup and yesterday’s game was the most obvious example of this attitude so far. In these situations, what usually defines the number of goals is how fast the first goal (if any) happens. The goal forces a posture change and spaces start to appear. Yesterday, the goal came too late, hence the small number of goals.

Once again it is funny to see the difference between the press in Canada and in Brazil. Here, the commentators were impressed with the Brazilian strategy, the strength of our side backs and the tactical discipline of the players. And they praised the Korean defense like there was no tomorrow. After the first half, they were very impressed that Korea DPR resisted the Brazilian pressure.

Then I check the Brazilian commentators online: everyone is pissed, complaining about the trouble the team had to pierce the Korean DPR fragile defensive system.

I think the truth is in the middle (as usual). At the end of the game, Brazil had 65% of the ball possession and had shot 26 times, as opposed to 10 shots by Korea. These are impressive numbers which show Brazil dominated the game from beginning to finish. What we need is to be a bit more efficient.

In time: Maicon had an amazing match. Supported by Gilberto Silva, who protected the right side when he was acting as a true winger, Maicon made all the difference and his goal was beautiful. On the other hand, Kaká continues to disappoint. I hope he has time to catch up, it would make all the difference.

See you space cowboys…

Last minute update: Spain vs. Switzerland just finished with a victory for the Swiss. It goes to prove my point: true, Switzerland is way better than Korea DPR, but it is very hard to play against a team whose only purpose is to defend. Switzerland has a strong defense and will cause trouble in the knockout stage.

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1. oasis - June 16, 2010

World cup 2010 Asia team have stronger.This year may be see asia team in round 16 Team.

Cesar - June 16, 2010

I think you are right. South Korea has a good team and Japan had a very good start winning against Cameroon. I suspect they will both move to the next stage.

2. Durval - June 16, 2010

While Kaka did not appear in the game, Elano made the pass for the first goal and scored the second, after receiving from Robjnho, and was immediately removed from the game by Dunga.

Today Spain has lost to Switzerland. What if Brazil has to play with Switzerland?

Cesar - June 16, 2010

I still don’t like Elano, what can I do? But he played well.

We were discussing this subject just now. Switzerland just won and I think there’s a chance they will qualify 1st place, which would mean Brazil might face Spain.

I don’t know what I prefer. While Switzerland has, on paper, a worse team, their style doesn’t match Brazil and we risk losing just like Spain did. Spain on the other hand will go forward and try to score, which is positive for a team like ours, with a strong defense and a deadly counter attack.

3. Durval - June 16, 2010

Brazil will play with Ivory Coast next Sunday. Ivory Coast is a very defensive team and much better than North Korea, technically. Very strong players, also. Certainly a hard test for Brazil. Let’s hope the team grows as the competition continues.

Cesar - June 17, 2010

I don’t think Ivory Coast will be nearly as defensive as Korea. But it will be a trial by fire.

And if Brazil doesn’t win, we’ll be in huge trouble. It would force us to win against Portugal, risking being eliminated because of the small margin we got against Korea.


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