Brazil 0 – Venezuela 0: Fulltime

Brazil’s fans booed their beloved national team off the pitch at the final whistle. The Selecao deserved it. Not an impressive second half from Mano Menezes’ new-look side. The highlights are here.

The Brazilians needed to play with intensity and cohesion to break down a sturdy Venezuelan defense but instead seemed to take their foot off the pedal after coming out of the dressing room. Ramires and Ganso in particular were guilty of some very poor passing. At times, cautious Venezuela seemed the more positive, adventurous team.

Brazil struggled to create chances and Venezuela thoroughly deserved their point. The reigning champs are notoriously slow starters in major tournaments. At the last Copa America, Brazil lost their first game 2-0 to Mexico only to recover brilliantly and eventually beat Argentina 3-0 in the final. Menezes must hope for a similar revival or he will surely be out of a job. Brazil’s midfield failed to create and their star dribbler Robinho proved largely ineffective. None of Brazil’s substitutes added anything to the game. The whole team will need to do better against Paraguay on the 9th.

Venezuela put in a brave performance. Central defender Omar Vizcarrondo deserves a special mention. He was an absolute rock at the back. Venezuela have every chance of picking up another point or even a win against Ecuador in Group B’s next round of fixtures.

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About Nicholas Nehamas

Journalist and soccer fan. I write on politics, culture, business and sports.
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