Not the end of world for Brazil, says Kevin Pietersen

Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam

New Delhi: For a country dealing with the Ghost of Maracana, a 1-7 FIFA World Cup semi-final defeat to the ruthless Germans in Belo Horizonte means living with the spectre of defeat for at least another four years. Brazil, despite all their socio-economic problems, have so far managed to stage a successful World Cup. But for many Brazilians, the tournament has already become a burden after the Selecao`s exit.

However, living in this time of tumult and angst, many have extended their support to the Brazil national team. According to former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen, "it is not the end of the world" for Brazil. The South African born middle-order batsman added that "sport deals some dreadful hands at times.’

Arsenal midfielder, Mesut Ozil who controlled the game for the Germans and plotted the massacre in Belo Horizonte, went a step ahead and consoled the Brazilians saying "you have a beautiful country, wonderful people and amazing footballers – this match may not destroy your pride!"

The match, which also became the most-discussed single sports game ever on Twitter, is certainly not the worst defeat for a team in terms of goals in the World Cup. But the manner in which the most successful footballing nation got capitulated at the hands of their nearest rivals, proved a chasm of void in the Brazilian football. Taking full responsibility, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said it was the worst of day of his life and sought forgiveness of the debacle.

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