Brazil 2014: Germany, the first European to reign in America

11/02/2022 at 23:42

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After thrashing host Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals, the ‘Mannschaft’ beat Messi’s Argentina in the Maracana final

The Netherlands again reached the penultimate rounds but this time settled for third place

Brazil organizedfor the second time in its history, a final phase of the world Cup. The five-time champion country dreamed of expanding its record at home, but found a lethal guest. Germany achieved its fourth crown defeating the two great South American teams in the last two games. And in the case of the ‘canarinha’, in a particularly painful way.

It is one thing to lose a World Cup semi-final and quite another to be thrashed and almost humiliated. The 1-7 that Joachim Löw’s squad endorsed Brazil on July 8, 2014 at the Mineirao stadium still stings within the ‘seleçao’. Julio César was collecting from his goal the balls that were lodged by Müller, Klose, Kroos -on two occasions-, Khedira and Schürrle, also twice. Neymar, injured in the quarterfinal match against Colombia, was not with his teammates that day. And Brazil cried, as in the ‘Maracanazo’ of 1950.

Germany became the first European team to win a World Cup on American soil. Uruguay 1930, Brazil 1950, Chile 1962, Mexico 1970, Argentina 1978, Mexico 1986 and USA 1994 had always had a champion from the new continent, but the ‘Mannschaft’ put an end to that tradition. In the end, Messi was looking for his first World Cup, but Argentina bent the knee for the minimum and, as happened in South Africa 2010, also in extra time. This time, Mario Götze was the Teutonic ‘Iniesta’ in minute 112 and broke the tie in the finals between Germans and Argentines. In 1986 he had won the albiceleste and in 1990, the ‘Mannschaft’.

While, The Netherlands was once again in the final fight, although this time the penalty shootout against Argentina took them out of the decisive match, in what could have been a repeat of the 1974 final. louis van gaal Up front, the Dutch took advantage of the Brazilian desolation after the aforementioned 1-7, to win third place with a convincing 0-3 and with goals from Van Persie, Daley Blib and Wijnaldum. On the podium again… but no title.

LUIS SUÁREZ, TOO MUCH ‘MORDENT’

Uruguay qualified for the round of 16 but paid a high price: the sanction of one of its stars, forward Luis Suarez. In the last match of the group stage, against Italy, the Charrúas won 1-0 and knocked the Transalpines out of the round of 16, but Suárez was a negative protagonist for his bite on Italian defender Giorgio Cheilini In the area.

The action went unnoticed by the arbitration team commanded by the Mexican Marco Antonio Rodriguezbut was sanctioned ex officio: 9 international matches and four months of disqualification for the Uruguayan striker. Part of that sanction was already fulfilled as a Barça player. And Colombia fell from the World Cup to Uruguay in the round of 16.

THE ‘TICOS’ DO NOT GIVE UP

Definitely, one of the revelations of the 2014 World Cup was Costa Rica. The Central American team shone in the group stage, finishing first where nobody expected it, ahead of Uruguay and the eliminated Italy and England. In the round of 16, Greece awaited. The ‘Ticos’ went ahead with a goal from Bryan Ruiz, but in added time Papastathoòulos sent the tie to extra time.

And in overtime the figure of Keylor Navas appeared. The now PSG goalkeeper not only prevented another Greek goal with an exceptional intervention, but also excelled in the penalty shootout, stopping a shot to Gekas. Costa Rica became the first Central American country to reach the quarterfinals in a World Cup.

THE CHANGE OF VAN GAAL

But the Costa Rican story in Brazil 2014 did not have a happy ending. The Netherlands awaited them in the quarterfinals. At the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, the match ended in the initial 0-0 draw. And in the last moments of extra time, the Dutch coach Louis van Gaal surprised everyone: decided to replace the starting goalkeeper, Jasper Cillessen, with Tim Krul. Why did he do it? Krul was not exactly a specialist in saving penalties. However, the move came out round.

In the decisive round, the substitute goalkeeper emerged as the protagonist by deflecting the shots of Bryan Ruiz and Umaña. The Dutch did not miss any of their shots and made it to the semi-finals. A success of Van Gaal.

Brazil 2014: Germany, the first European to reign in America