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New loss disgusts Brazil fans

Netherlands' Arjen Robben

Brazil fans expressed disgust withtheir team after the hosts lost 3-0 3-0 to the Netherlands inWorld Cup third place play-off with many hoping Germany willwin the final.   

Netherlands' Arjen RobbenBrasilia : Brazil fans expressed disgust withtheir team after the hosts lost 3-0 3-0 to the Netherlands inWorld Cup third place play-off with many hoping Germany willwin the final.

Although it was Germany who thrashed the Selecao 7-1 ontheir own turf in the semi-final, fans said they would ratherhave Germany lift the trophy than see neighbors Argrntina liftit in Rio today.

“I am suporting Holland  — our team is useless,” spatbusinessman Diogo Chaer, who even wore a Dutch shirt in thecapital.

In Rio, some fans stayed to the end to dance at apost-match concert — but others slunk away from the Fan Feston Copacabana beach after the Dutch largely outplayed thefive-time world champions yesterday.

“I’m off to another party. Dreadful match,” saidFrancisco Ramos, a 21-year-old soldier wearing a Brazil strip.

Brazilians began to leave the Fan Fest even beforehalf-time with their side trailing 2-0 and still clearlyfeeling the effects of their horror show against Germany.

Lucas Carvalho, a 23-year-old electrical engineer,brazenly wore a Dutch jersey and orange top hat, though headded a Brazil scarf.

“I was in Belo Horizonte (for the Germany game). That’swhy I am wearing the Dutch shirt. I stayed to the end againstGermany — I’ll remember that historic match for years,” hesaid.

Hugo Leite, a journalist from Salvador in the north, alsowore a Dutch jersey and explained: “I don’t much like theteam. the coach or the way they play.”

Eduarda Alves, a Rio student aged 16, said she would backthe Germans on Sunday.

“The Argentines can just go home,” she snorted.Siblings Leonel Freitas and Marina Freitas agreed an
Argentina win would be hard to stomach.

“Our team needs to start afresh,” said Leonel.”I’ll never support Argentina. Argentina can never win in
Brazil.”

The Twittersphere was once again aglow with sardoniccomments — one fan tweeting: “Can you remember when Brazilused to play football?”

Another noted that goalkeeper Julio Cesar was now”historic” in that he has conceded more goals in his World Cup
career than German record marksman Miroslav Klose has scored.

Klose broke Ronaldo’s record in taking his haul to 16against Brazil last Tuesday while Julio Cesar has now conceded18 across two World Cups — 14 in this event.

PTI

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