A win is a win, but I can tell you that wasn’t what
I expected. It could have been much worse, I think - at least it wasn’t
a tie or a loss.
At times, Brazil performed really well. We saw many glimpses of the
Ronaldinho we know from Barcelona. Brazil’s defence was pretty accurate
many times, and midfield was pretty supportive in intercepting the ball.
The game had its many dull moments, however. Frequently, Brazil didn’t
find enough space for passes and ended up losing possession of the ball
or just kicking it back and forth. They weren’t so creative in
finalizing, and the only goal on the match - by a perfect long kick by
Kaká, with his left leg - was just a shot in the dark that ended up
being more than the goalkeeper could handle. Adriano was too tough on
the game and I was surprised he didn’t get a yellow card, and honestly I
don’t know why Ronaldo even bothered walking into the field. Replacing
him with Robinho could have come much earlier - Robinho tried hard many
times, but the team was already too tired to follow him on the offensive
Croatia did a lot of mistakes, but their players have shown they’re in
the game as much as anyone else. They tried very hard, and didn’t get to
score because of bad luck and because of some sharp defenses by Dida.
Like I said, a victory is a victory, but that wasn’t as good as I’d
expect - I hope they do improve with time. And, even though it hurts me
to say this, I hope Robinho starts on the main squad next time. Knowing
Parreira, however, I know this is unlikely.