So that’s that, then. Germany beat Brazil this morning 7-1, and there’s no coming back from the magnitude of that defeat.
Even before the game the Brazilians had a bad feeling about it. Their talismanic poster boy, Neymar, was out suffering a spinal injury after a Colombian defender mistook his footy codes and tried to take a speccie over him. Thiago Silva, the Brazilian captain, was also out, for an utterly pointless yellow card blocking the Colombian keeper. The only serious attacking option the Brazilians had left, Frederico Chaves Guedes, was suffering a crisis of confidence after early errors were pounced on by the local press, a crisis surely not helped by a tabloid running a front page of him in a Superman costume with a blaring headline: “IT’S ALL ON YOU NOW!”