Friday, July 2, 2010

One bad half was all it took to end Brazil’s hopes for a sixth World Cup title.
Brazil dominated the Netherlands in the first half Friday at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, but collapsed in the second and was outplayed by the Dutch to eventually lose 2-1, failing to get past the quarterfinals for the second time in a row.
Brazil coach Dunga says “our mistake was that we just couldn’t keep the same focus in the second half.”
Robinho scored early to give Brazil a 1-0 lead at halftime, but an own goal by midfielder Felipe Melo and a header by Wesley Sneijder gave the Dutch the win.
Brazil lost to France 1-0 four years ago in Germany.


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