SAO PAULO, July 9 � After suffering its worst-ever World Cup defeat, that too on the home soil, Brazilians are in a state of shock. A 1-7 humiliation for the five time champions is too harsh to believe. But the Germans were too good, particularly in the first session, to demolish the Brazilian dream of 1950 when they missed the trophy in Maracana Stadium.
Yesterday, when returning from the Sao Paulo stadium at around 4 pm local time, we saw people in groups were getting ready in front of giant TV screens. Everybody wanted their team to win and was ready to celebrate after the match. Before the start of the match, at 5 pm, sounds of powerful crackers could be heard in the city. When we reached our hotel, there was a big gathering at the lounge in front of the television.
But it was in my mind that, if Brazil lose the match then there may be some disturbance. I stuck to my room and witnessed the match on the TV. Like everybody I was also stunned to see the electrifying start by the German attackers � Thomas Mueller, Mirsolav Klose, Toni Kroos, Sami Khedura, Andre Schurri. They demolished the Brazilian defenders like a school team. For the Brazilian defenders � Maicon, David Luiz, Dante, Marcelo and midfielders Fernandinho, Gustavo, Bernard, Oscar and Hulk � including veteran goalkeeper Julio Cesar it was like a bolt from the blue. Before they could settle down properly they conceded as many as five goals.
All the players of the defensive line up became villain overnight from worshipping heroes after the debacle. Wednesday morning became bitter for all the football crazy people of the country.
All the Brazil team players broke down to tears as the whole country did. Here in Sao Paulo a wave of silence prevailed.