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Ewan Mackenna has used his customary match preview to demonstrate his first-hand experiences of the mood in Brazil since their astonishing submission to Germany last week.
The reaction across the samba nation was quite remarkable, with their tears broadcast across the globe. Mackenna, based in Brazil during the World Cup, ran into a local taxi driver a few days ago and they discussed tonight's clash...
Anecdotal but representative of the mood of the place, a taxi driver says he hopes Brazil are “destroyed by the Netherlands because they are disgusting”. And he isn’t talking about their style of play or the end result of their darkest night. Their cynicism was excusable by their limitations and their physical play was excusable by their need to survive and advance.