Oh where to start.
Brazil entered the tournament as favorites by many. Their roster wasn’t nearly as good as Germany or Spain, but since the World Cup is in Brazil then the hosts have to win! Right? Wrong.
Brazil clearly felt the pressure of their fans expecting them to win. In their first game they struggled to find the net until Croatia finally broke down. Then against Mexico they couldn’t score once. Cameroon was an easy opponent and still struggled until they finally broke through.
In the first round of the knockout stage, Brazil had to go to penalties with Chile. That was a huge scare for the host nation, as the country was almost eliminated in the round of 16.
Their only good outing was against Colombia, where they dominated their South American rivals.
In the Semi Finals, they showed that with all the pressure building up they could not stand a chance against a really tough opponent. The seven goal thrashing they faced against Germany was laughable and pitiful.
Goals Scored: 11 (4th)
Goals Conceded: 11 (32nd)
Completed Passes: 75% (17th)
Attacks: 276 (2nd)
Shot on goal per total shots: 67% (3rd)
Possession: 53% (10th)
Completed Clearances: 80% (24th)
Saves: 9 (26th)
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