30 responses

  1. Pepe
    June 12, 2014

    This is the choice of someone who doesn’t really understand what they’re watching. Oscar was clearly the man of the match, and one of the few bright spots for Brazil.

    • BrianK
      June 12, 2014

      The referee was clearly the MOTM. The Brazilian left back was the Woman of the Match!

    • usaalltheway
      June 12, 2014

      Thank you Pepe!!!

      This used to be such a great site….

    • Hogatroge
      June 12, 2014

      Gotta agree with this one.

      Obviously, it’s impressive that Neymar finds ways to score in almost every international match, but he was really gifted 2 tonight. The Croatian keeper should be kicking himself over letting that first shot in, and it’s beyond indisputable that the 2nd goal wasn’t a penalty. Plus, the ref should have made him retake it for the egregious stutter step.

      Oscar, on the other hand, was one of the only Brazilian players who looked like he was putting in 100% the whole match, and he actually earned his goal.

      • quozzel
        June 12, 2014

        It was worse than that.

        Besides the obvious first one – the dive and subsequent penalty, and Neymar’s illegal stop-start (which should have been his second yellow and his sending off), they also took away a Croatian goal…and on the last one, a Croatian midfielder with the ball was blown up from behind by a Brazilian, CLEARLY resulting in the turnover…no call, and Oscar dribbles in and scores.

        That was a three-goal swing…Croatia deserved a 2-1 victory based on legitimate goals.

        Blatant. Blatant. Blatant.

        Of course Brazil bought the ref, and you have to imagine there was collusion from somewhere within FIFA if they were able to get to him. Can you imagine the pandemonium that would have ensued in the streets if Brazil had lost today? Shelling out $5-$10 million to a ref would have seemed bargain basement in comparison. Would have been a major stain, could have even endangered the tournament.

        Hopefully some ref will stand up to this BS and not be bought and Brazil will get what they deserve….

      • Hogatroge
        June 12, 2014

        I thought the stutter step was questionable, too, but he never stops moving forward. The newest addendum to the rules says the stutter is legal as long as he doesn’t completely stop.

        Still, the ref should have made him retake it, IMO.

      • Landy Cakes
        June 12, 2014

        That’s how Neymar always takes them, apparently its legal as long as you never stop moving forward. Its ridiculous but can you make a rule that says you must move at the same speed the entire time you’re taking your PK?

    • Chris
      June 12, 2014

      agree, i thought neymar was very in and out of the match, had some great moments but not very consistent, oscar was great, but i would have given MOTM to david luiz, good service from the back, and was always at the right spot defensively.

    • Dawwilly
      June 12, 2014

      +1

    • Reg Chapman
      June 12, 2014

      FWIW Ives said on twitter that Oscar was his man of the match.

    • Ted Tran
      June 13, 2014

      Yet again SBI gets it wrong, Oscar was MOTM.

  2. The Other Jeff
    June 12, 2014

    Oscar

  3. Ben
    June 12, 2014

    Oscar was much better. Every time he touched the ball, Brazil looked dangerous. Neymar was good, had an important goal, nearly had his penalty saved, but I think this is an example of over-valuing a player with a big name.

    • Increase
      June 12, 2014

      Yep, 2 two bad shots on a poor keeper. Neymar didnt really play well.

  4. BrianK
    June 12, 2014

    My expectations for the tournament have plummeted.

  5. Mestizo & Proud
    June 12, 2014

    The refs get my vote for worst participant on the field by awarding that penalty!

    Brazil winning and the media’s spin on it puts the situation in Brazil in a very different context in the mainstream media from whats really going on.

  6. quozzel
    June 12, 2014

    Anybody who gives anyone but the ref MOTM wasn’t watching.

    When you see blatant corruption raise its head and you pretend it isn’t happening, what’s the point? Today was an absolute farce – FIFA and Brazil clearly bought it as blatantly as Argentina bought results in the ’78 Cup, and they did it in full view of the world.

    FIFA has to go. That organization cannot be salvaged. Even if Blatter gets the boot, we have freaking PLATINI – who was overtly bought by Bin Hamman – waiting in the wings?

    Today was absolutely disgusting.

    • Riggis
      June 12, 2014

      I was thinking the same thing and I’m not cynical by nature. The penalty call was a sham as far as I was concerned.

    • Mestizo & Proud
      June 13, 2014

      If you believe it and speculate about it and stop participating (anyone), things will change

      The NSA has program Minerva initiated all over these sites and things will change for appearances sake at the least.

    • Donna
      June 13, 2014

      Agreed, if this is how the tournament is going to be called, the whole thing is a farce.

  7. beachbum
    June 12, 2014

    Oscar

    but the officiating is the story unfortunately

  8. Omar
    June 12, 2014

    Hahaha who ever wrote this was obviously not watching the same game.. Oscar, created soooo many chances and scored a LEGIT GOL. I’m not a Brazilian fan AT ALL, but I can appreciate a good player! Oscar, will make a name for him self on this tournament! BTW, that was absolute baloney of a call on the penalty!!

  9. BFBS
    June 12, 2014

    Modric was the best player on the field. Neymar, Oscar and David Luiz weren’t bad, but Modric was on another level.

    • Kmac014
      June 12, 2014

      This. Modric was excellent. Only reason I give it to Oscar was bc his team won

  10. Joe A.
    June 12, 2014

    I was impressed the most by Oscar.

  11. nickp91
    June 12, 2014

    Neymar has a good chance to win the golden boot this year

  12. Ah
    June 13, 2014

    Modric was fantastic and deserved man of the match if not for horrible ref and awful goalkeeping. I feel for Croatia here.

  13. Todd in NYC
    June 13, 2014

    Oscar. No doubt.

  14. MeroMasta
    June 13, 2014

    For me it was either Oscar or Modric.

  15. Raymon
    June 13, 2014

    Can we also vote for “Goat of the Match”? My vote is a tie between the Ref and the CRO GK.

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