The Telegraph
Thursday , July 10 , 2014
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‘Brazil just didn’t turn up’

Brazil’s stand-in captain David Luiz collapses to the ground as Germany’s Mesut Ozil looks on.

Belo Horizonte: Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final was a “hammer-blow” that has damaged the hosts’ image around the world, Diego Maradona said.

The astonishing reverse was Brazil’s record World Cup defeat, their first loss at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975, and the first time they had lost by six goals in any match since Uruguay beat them 6-0 in the Copa America in 1920.

“Germany were better than Brazilů I didn’t like Brazil from the start, but then I didn’t think Germany were going to be so imposing, so devastating, so decisive,” the legend said on Tuesday.

“Brazil just didn’t turn upů Okay, Germany were strong but the Brazil players simply weren’t on the pitch.

“The Brazilians are so proud of their team, they wanted to reach the final, but football gives you these hammer blows. I think the loss damaged Brazil’s image around the world,” he added.

Though respectful in his comments on air, some media reported that privately Maradona was mocking the Brazilians, who are Argentina’s traditional rivals. (Reuters)