Portugal and Brazil Qualify In an Uninspiring Draw
The match that was hyped up to be the most promising contest of the group stages; instead turned out to be an impotent 0-0 draw. The combatants were two of the tournament’s big names, Portugal and Brazil.
Despite having the advantage of a huge goal difference which more or less ensured qualification, Portugal seemed contented to play defensively to get the draw that guaranteed a last-16 spot. The result was that Brazil were the attackers but the creativity of FIFA’s highest ranking team was stifled and that free flowing skill wasn’t present.
Brazil coach Dunga expressed his frustration at the European side’s tactics.
"I'm not happy," Dunga said. "We always play to win. We even tried to attack in the last five minutes. Portugal didn't attack. They just wanted to defend."
The contest ended in boos ringing around the stadium; harking back to Germany and Austria’s infamous 1982 World Cup match where both sides played out a draw to certify qualification for both of them.
Both Portuguese speaking nations qualify from the ‘group of death’ with Ivory Coast missing out despite a 3-0 win over North Korea, who were plucky and plainly great athletes but lacked discipline.
Brazil now faces Group G’s runner up and fellow South Americans Chile in the last-16. Party Bets are offering odds of 9/20 for Brazil to be victorious. Paddy Power are offering odds on Brazil at 4/7 whilst Stan James have them at 8/15.