Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Defeated Dunga calls it quits after Brazil exit

Holland boss Bert van Marwijk is convinced his team can go on to lift the World Cup after dumping favourites Brazil out of the competition.

Felipe Melo's own goal and the first headed strike of the impressive Wesley Sneijder's career saw the Dutch come from behind to edge past the Brazilians and into the semi-finals.

The defeat came as a bitter blow to five-times winners Brazil and their coach Dunga resigned after the game.

He said: “We are all extremely saddened. We didn't expect this and we hoped for a different result. We knew it was going to be a very delicate, very difficult game, but we weren't able to maintain the rhythm we had in the first half in the second half.”

But his despair was over-shadowed by the joy of van Marwijk who is determined that a journey upon which they set out two years ago will not end prematurely in fresh disappointment.

He said: “I said to the Dutch Football Association two years ago that I was not going to this tournament just to take part in it.

“I'm a sportsman and if I go somewhere, I want to win. People might think that's arrogant, but we have proven we can beat Brazil, one of the best teams in the world.

“If that's a fact, we should dare to say this, we should go for it.

“But I will make it very clear to my team: we have still got two matches to play and the next match is the most important. “

Holland will continue their mission in Cape Town on Tuesday evening, but will do so without Gregory van der Wiel and Nigel de Jong, who both picked up their second yellow cards of the tournament at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Brazil had taken the lead through Robinho's 10th-minute strike, but they self-destructed as Melo, who was later sent off for stamping on Arjen Robben, put through his own goal before Sneijder's 68th-minute winner.

The Inter Milan midfielder said: “It was my first headed goal — and I don't think it will happen again. Chances are it won't.

“But it was great. It just slipped off my bald head and went into the net. It was a great feeling.”

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