Brazil fail to lift the gloom

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

‘All Whites’ (who should re­ally be spon­sored by Daz) get.

But I couldn’t help be­ing chuffed for them when they grabbed their late equaliser through Win­ston Reid to claim a first-ever (and prob­a­bly last) point at the World Cup fi­nals.

Fal­lon is one of many mem­bers of the Kiwi squad to play his trade in the lower leagues over here – in fact you have to dig a lot deeper than League One for a cou­ple of his team­mates.

Shane Smeltz has gone from ply­ing his trade for Mans­field Town, Hal­i­fax Town and AFC Wim­ble­don to lin­ing up in the World Cup. That’s not to be sniffed at.

And he’s not the only one. Leo Ber­tos spent six years over here grac­ing such foot­balling hot-spots as Bar­row, Scar­bor­ough and Work­sop Town. Both of those have since gone on to find fame in the Aus­tralian ‘A’ League.

It is fairy­tale stuff for a team who well de­served their draw from what I saw, but what I didn’t un­der­stand was why a low at­ten­dance at the Royal Bafo­keng Sta­dium was such a cause for con­cern.

Why the hell do they think there was about 11,000 empty seats? It was New Zealand ver­sus Slo­vakia for good­ness sake.

The more im­por­tant ques­tion is why did 33,820 peo­ple feel the need to waste an af­ter­noon – and plenty of good money – to at­tend.

Empty seats have been a com­mon oc­cur­rence so far. There’ll be an­other one on my sofa if things don’t im­prove as well.

This com­pe­ti­tion has left me feel­ing colder than a South African night. It was only three de­grees in Jo­han­nes­burg as Brazil sim­mered last night.

That means the sight of Sir Ran­ulph Fi­ennes and his huskies speed­ing across a pitch is more likely than a streaker.

At least we can fi­nally bank on some qual­ity foot­ball when Spain make their en­trance to­day. Ole!

BRAZIL GO NUTS: Brazil’s Blumer Elano cel­e­brates scor­ing his side’s sec­ond goal of the game as North Korea play­ers stand de­jected.

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