What was one of the most controversial goals in recent memory proved to be the final nail in the coffin for Brazil’s Copa hopes. Raul Ruidiaz’s winning goal was scored with the help of his forearm and his thigh but was deemed legitimate by the officials.
The Selecao’s final group-stage game was against Peru, wherein the winner would qualify in 1st place as opposed to the loser who would be eliminated. Dunga’s side looked uninspired for the most part, and the affair was a rather dull one for 75 minutes before the fateful goal that decided the match was scored.
Referee Andres Cunha, after much deliberation, allowed the goal to stand and post consultation with his linesman and a 4-minute-long conversation over the headset, he did not present a shadow of a doubt. A 4-minute-long conversation with who though? Video referees were one of the rules that fell through the cracks before the tournament commenced so the question needs to be asked of the Uruguayan official.
Apart from the scandalous goal that set Dunga’s men on their way home, it is also necessary to mention that Brazil was not really worthy of charging on. Apart from their 7-1 goal rout against a weak 74th ranked Haiti, Brazil failed to win any of the matches. The Selecao were not even a shadow of themselves and players like Neymar, Marcelo, T. Silva, Oscar Firmino and David Luiz were dearly missed by the Brazilian faithful.
Dunga’s return as Brazil manager was obviously inexplicable and now is inexcusable after their failure to qualify for the knock-out stages. Walking in one of the favourites due to sheer name and history with bursts of talent in pockets, this disappointment is one to forget.