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Vive Les Bleus! A Bungling Brazil Is Sent Back Home.

Thierry Henry finally made his mark in a game that matters, scoring the only goal in the 57th minute to lead France into the semifinals of the World Cup with a 1-0 win over defending champion Brazil.

Zinedine Zidane sent a curling free kick to the unmarked Henry, who had the whole right side of the net for his right-footed volley.

France will face Portugal in the semifinals on Wednesday in Munich.

The experienced and savvy French took out the five-time World Cup champions in a match stunning for its one-sidedness. Tacked onto France’s 3-0 victory in the 1998 title match, it’s clear the Brazilians have found a nemesis at the highest level of the sport.

The heroes were familiar. Zidane, headed into retirement after the tournament, scored two goals in the World Cup championship win eight years ago.

Moments after Henry’s goal, with the Brazilians totally flustered, France nearly got a gift own-goal. But the French were so dominant, it might have been unnecessary.

France began the tournament so poorly it appeared another first-round exit, on top of the flop four years ago, was likely. Instead, it has a four-game unbeaten streak against Brazil.

It will be the first all-European final four since 1982.

It was a shocking exit for the pre-tournament favorite, which did not get a shot on goal in the opening half and had huge gaps in the defense all night. Such stars as Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Cafu were either invisible or inept.

Pravda – www.pravda.ru

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  • asp

    chill
    brasil played at their worst..france at their best.. Scoreline? 1-0.

  • Guest

    lithuania
    how sad that brasil lost. 2010 they will be angry and will show how they do for everyone! go brasilia

  • Guest

    Stop it!
    I thinkwe have seen a good tournament so far and there is no need to insult each other. Brazil was not in shape this year and I really missed some Brazilian magic. Well, that said, Zidane was on form when needed and I think we all saw a great game. Anything is still possible for the last 4. I hope to see more new faces, maybe the Ivory Coast or Ghana, at the next Worldcup. Now you Brazilians stop crying, you have a great team to be proud of and the Americans stop insulting the beautiful game of soccer. It is the greatest sports event in the world and it’s unlikely to change in the near future. AND your women team is not the best at present. The current world champion is Germany. You don’t have to be the best in everything. You are showing as some great sports at the Olympics > thank you!

  • Guest

    Except that……
    …..Brazil did not win a match against France since……….. 1958 !!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest

    Underdogs
    France was hungry and loose. Brazil was overconfident and tentative. Zidane had nothing to lose and was light and creative. Ronaldinho is the reigning FIFA World Player and had lots of superstar teammates to back him up. I agree he was complacent and should’ve been more aggressive playing for national pride. I personally want France v Germany in the finals. I love underdogs who prove the naysayers wrong!!!

  • Guest

    your losers Brasil penta campeão

  • Guest

    One more thing!!!
    Ronaldinho, next time you stand at your country’s National Anthem playing, please do not mistake the event with licking your girlfriend’s pussy.

    Every anthem played your Giraffe tongue was out, have some respect.

  • Guest

    Kaka, get a better name
    Brazil thinks that the World Cup is a red carpet for a bunch of overpaid, overarrogant and ugly players who have not demonstrated any more beautiful football than any country, not to mention Argentina, Ghana and Australia. France did well by winning and by teaching these puffed up yellow jerseyed poleheads that a name or jersey color means nothing. France has my vote and love to win the cup.

  • Guest

    Beckenbauer`s prophecy come true?
    8 years ago Franz Beckenbauer said´ The European league will come and the top clubs will gain in power. One day there won´t be national teams any more.They will be replaced in the World Cup by club sides. Europe is growing together. At the moment the national team has a high value.But the influence of the clubs is getting bigger.´
    National identity has given way to individual talent motivated by financial reward, like it or not. Top clubs are stronger than national teams .Brazilian Eurostars failed to combine as a team,quite simply.

  • Guest

    VAYAMOS BRASILENOS

  • Guest

    REE
    “THE BRAZILIAN TEAM ASIDE FROM HAVING THE UGLIEST GANG OF PLAYERS I HAVE EVER SEEN…. FAT ! CLUMSY !SCRAPPY ! STUPID! NO STYLE! CLEARLY STREET LEAGUE! DO YOU HAVE DENTISTS IN BRAZIL ???? LOTS OF BUCKTEETH!!!!!! AMERICA CELEBRATES FOR OUR EUROPEAN FRIENDS!!! “…..you dont need to look beautiful to play the game..you need the skills..if you dont know whats the game about dont come and bother to throw your comments…by the way what you mean no style street league…street league is all about style..

  • Guest

    “Do you know what americans think about your little “game”….IT’S ONLY FOR GIRLS!!! It’s the reason why the american WOMENS team is the best in the world! Because they actually PLAY that pansy-ass little sport.

    My 7 year old niece plays soccer!!

    Men don’t play soccer!!! Do they? Americans couldn’t give a rats-ass about soccer….you can trust me on this.

    And the only ones that appear to be “sucking dicks” at the moment is the brazilian team…..looks like they had one up their ass vs. France!!”…..do you know that the world cup is the second biggest world event after the olympics..so what are americans going to change whether they like it or no..football is an international game …evryone can play it..pele started by using socks..so its a game for everyone whether youre rich or poor….it needs real athletes and skills..not like your sports like “american football” smacking into each other..Or basketball scoring 100 goals in one game …now thts an easy game …

  • Guest

    CHAMPIONS DU MONDE
    this victory really wasn’t stollen. Brazil had only 1 shot on goal in the whole game!!
    Welcome to futebol as Pele says in the commercial

    Le meilleur restant a venir, be prepared to see Portugal humiliated and Germany ass kicked in the final

    Ze Zidane touch will definitly made him THE greatest player of all yimes, even far beyond Pele, georges best, cruyf or who ever..; zidane knows WC2006 will be his last performance and he can play simply free, without pressure, fear of injuries
    That’s to say that he plays extreme involved football and be an exemple for all the others specially the novices players like Abidal or Ribery

    On wednesday, just sit down in front of a tv and enjoy the third french demonstration after spain and brazil
    Les portugais peuvent préparer leur bagages.

  • Guest

    i don,t feel well
    KAKA.. CACA… POOPIE…….. DO DO…CRAP…. …………..ok…. shit!!!!!!! anyone care for a petroleum based enema……

  • Guest

    Canadian
    I’m a Canadian watching the World Cup – I know Canadian soccer is nothing to brag about. Anyways, Brazil definately has the better team out of all others but they lost to France primarily because they are poorly coached. As well, Ronnie needed to step up a little bit, if he was playing to his potential – even as a defensive midfielder – the team would have finished much better. Unfortunately, despite what the Brazialian team says, Ronaldo was out of shape and that did cost them up front also. Would have liked to see more of Rubinho, Cicinho and Adriano. I assume Brazil will be another force come 2010! I’m happy as long as Italy does not win…

  • Guest

    know your history
    portugal constders it another brazil????????orphans looking for daddy perhaps.But he left you bastards because you were unmanageable juvinile delinquints !!And i suppose your love of portugal was expressed when you robbed and murdered those portugal nationals in porto alegre!

  • Guest

    USA?
    Why the hell is the US Soccer Team being mentioned on this board? What do they have to do with yesterdays loss? Most people in the USA couldn’t give a rat’s ass about soccer. No one in the USA is remotely jealous about anything in Brazil, except perhaps the many fine looking women your country seems to have.

  • Guest

    Salut les connards de Franˤais !
    Guys. France won because all players are from Africa. Yes I am happy to see these guys winning , but I am little bit annoyed to see French racists taking credit for this victory. Believe me I know very well these pretentious cheese eaters…
    Tomorrow after the game is over they will forget victory and fall back to their daily discrimination. French people are the worst people in this earth. Salut les connards de Franˤais.

  • Guest

    Funny how some petty and stupid Brazilians find any reason (even after losing cuz they played like FUCKING SHIT) to blame everyone else in the world!! Yes Americans you are fat, lazy, no class – yes that may be true to you but the only fat, lazy and no style play I saw was displayed by Brazil through this whole tournament!! Now shut your mouths and lie down with the pain!!

  • Guest

    hi thr!
    talk anything abt BRAZIALIAN FOOTBALL….yes thy need a good coach…ystrdays match was disappointing….but PORTUGUESE is going to take the revenge…PORTUGUE consider its as another BRAZIL…this world cup belongs to them…wait and see …WORLD CUP 2006 is for PORTUGUESE..and its going to have BRAZILIAN touch in it…dont worry BRAZILIAN FANS ..IF UR HEART IS BROKEN …U HAVE GOT TEAM PORTUGAL TO FIX IT …OUT FOR THE KILL….FRANCE IS GOING TO SEE THE REAL BRAZILIAN TOUCH NOW…….

  • Guest

    HaHaHa
    Americans don’t play soccer, but they play”football.” Sure!! They run two yards and fall in a heap, because they are FAT and CLUMSY! As for baseball, they call it the “world series” when just about a couple of countries play this sissy game!!

  • Guest

    hahaha
    france proved yesterday for the second time that she’s definitely better than brazilians…we’re going to win the worldcup, that’s the rules guys 😉
    `
    si tu va a rioooo, n’oublie pas le 3 – 0 !

  • Guest

    quote:

    “Rumor: Game is fixed. Germany is to win. Who knows. As for the dumb jealous fucks who talk bad about the Brazilian team. You’re just jealous the U.S. doesn’t even have a team.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    Do you know what americans think about your little “game”….IT’S ONLY FOR GIRLS!!! It’s the reason why the american WOMENS team is the best in the world! Because they actually PLAY that pansy-ass little sport.

    My 7 year old niece plays soccer!!

    Men don’t play soccer!!! Do they? Americans couldn’t give a rats-ass about soccer….you can trust me on this.

    And the only ones that appear to be “sucking dicks” at the moment is the brazilian team…..looks like they had one up their ass vs. France!!

  • Guest

    Come on guys, Brasil didnt play well yesterday and I totally agree with that, even Pele agrees with that. But as Brasilian supporters, true Brasilian supporters, arent you meant to support them whether they win or lose, They didnt do well, maybe next time eh? May god help them next time.
    mittow@hotmail.com

  • Guest

    \” FAT ! CLUMSY !SCRAPPY ! STUPID! NO ST
    hahaaahahhah its trueeee…americans: arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Guest

    ” FAT ! CLUMSY !SCRAPPY ! STUPID! NO STYLE!”

    that perfectly describe AMERICANS….hahhhahhh

  • Guest

    A nos amis francais
    I didnt know that french people could speak english. I thought they could only say : ” I surrender” . Jokes…. Anyways, Brazil needs a european coach, that’s for sure. Parreira and Zagallo are the worst coaches i’ve ever seen. Having a european coach would secure Brazil a place in the finals. Brazil has the best players and it is a shame that they got eliminated so quick. All the talent of the players has been wasted by a couple of incapable coaches. Damn …. They could have definitely done better. Good luck to the other teams … I also think that Germany will win this finals.

  • Guest

    Think for your country not for your own
    No more commercial Ronnie ! please
    Ronnie I hope you realised that you have lost all the greatness for soccer and for Brazil for this world cup and broke many many hearts from all your dissapointing performances that lacks all the heart and soul that you are promoting with all these dumb ass commercials
    and the cause of loss is that you are keeping yourself too safe and trying too hard not to get injured to prepare yourself for more commercials coming your way
    and that is really a bad attitude to play in a world cup
    you should not join and go to make more money with commercials and leave it for other brazilians that really want a break and do it for their country and football rather for fame
    but if Ronaldino has a real heart for football again and for brazil he should stop all these nonsense commercilas and circus tricks and stay down to earth and go back to where football belongs

  • Guest

    Brazil vs Africa 0-1
    Vive le fromage Francais! At least now the french have something to brag about since they are known for being losers like in WWII. Sorry ..I shouldnt have said “the french” , but instead the ex-colonies of France.

  • Guest

    deja vu, deja entendu….
    If France plays Germany, they’ll roll over like they did in World War II
    ————————————–

    Heard that before the match against Spain, and that last one against Brazil. As well as 8 years ago, before the final. Why can’t ignorants simply watch a game and then predict the score after it’s over. For once, they’d be right!

  • Guest

    FRANCE ! STYLE CLASS INTELLIGENT!
    THE BRAZILIAN TEAM ASIDE FROM HAVING THE UGLIEST GANG OF PLAYERS I HAVE EVER SEEN…. FAT ! CLUMSY !SCRAPPY ! STUPID! NO STYLE! CLEARLY STREET LEAGUE! DO YOU HAVE DENTISTS IN BRAZIL ???? LOTS OF BUCKTEETH!!!!!! AMERICA CELEBRATES FOR OUR EUROPEAN FRIENDS!!!

  • Guest

    Good Midfield
    Easy everybody. France has good midfield play, still a meager offense and Brazil looked like a used car. The only time Brazil looked good is when they played the players that should have started in the first place. If France plays Germany, they’ll roll over like they did in World War II. Viva Greece and Viva Brasil!

  • Guest

    Brazil Is Still #1
    Rumor: Game is fixed. Germany is to win. Who knows. As for the dumb jealous fucks who talk bad about the Brazilian team. You’re just jealous the U.S. doesn’t even have a team. S GFY. Other than that, Henry was an offsides freak and he had a FREAKING LUCKY Goal. Nothing more nothing less. France did a good job in the defense and Brazil should have played better the first half. The world cup without Brazil and Italy is not even fun to watch. And the French can go suck dick which is what they’re good at.

  • Guest

    Dumb Fucks?
    He’s a self-made man who insists on giving everyone else the recipe… You have the gap-filled cranium that passes for your brain so far up your ass you can’t see the sunlight for shit….hehehe!

    Brasil remains the only one Champion 5 World Cups. For 2006, Gremany will win and they have my vote!

    Good day.

  • Guest

    brazil arrogant
    brazil football team was the dream team but the mega star ronaldo is too much arrogant and he is overrated since 1 year.

    Better french coaching.

    congrualtions France team

  • Guest

    Tsk
    I should have known this would happen. They really should have lost to Ghana, because Ghana was playing well and just couldn’t follow through merely due to intimidation about the Brazil name. Next time, go Brazil!

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    gattomatto
    It was in the air, and it finally happened! A non European country shouldn’t be allowed to win on European territory. Having said that, Brazil’s star players lacked stamina, were not in shape and looked like narcissistic, spoiled babies
    ! Now Forza Azzurri! E Bas avec Les Beus!

  • Guest

    Damien de LA
    Les bresiliens se sont vus trop beaux, trop vite. Il fallait voir ca au Bresil. Mais bon, c’est a la fin de la guerre que l’on compte les morts

  • Guest

    ghyorghy
    …brazil still nr one…go brazil..I am from romania..europe..but i think brazil is the best!!

  • Guest

    Wit\’s end 2
    Great, you ran an AP story (erroneously attributed to Pravda). Will there be a follow up with actual insight. I don’t think most of the locals could or would be too unhappy. You can’t win them all and I suspect people saw problems with the team already. The coaching, Ronaldo’s lack of mobility and the uncharacteristic slowness of aging defenders comes to mind. Henry is known for trying to slip his man and find space alone behind the defense. Yet it was allowed to happen. Better losing to France than Germany i(?)n the title game. (Portugal isn’t going to do much I imagine). I wonder what changes will be made.

  • Guest

    Les bréziliens sont meilleurs À  dancer la samba qu’À  jouer au football. Ils ont maintenant 4 ans pour danser sur des rytmes endiablés mais sans avoir une étoile de plus sur leurs maillots.

  • Guest

    Dumb Fucks
    And it could not have happened to a more deserving people. Imagine the riots in the streets, the depression, the crime this will bring. Oh, I’m sorry. Just another fucking normal day in the worlds most fucked country. Viva la France!

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