Tearful Brazil skipper Luiz apologizes for defeat
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil – Heartbroken Brazil captain David Luiz apologised to the nation on Tuesday after suffering a record 7-1 World Cup semifinal defeat to Germany.
"Apologies to everybody, apologies to all the Brazilian people," said a tearful David Luiz after the mauling in Belo Horizonte.
"I just wanted to see my people smile. We all know how important it was for me to see all of Brazil be happy, at least because of football.
"They were better than us. They prepared better. They played better."
"It's a very sad day but it's also a day from which to learn."
The 7-1 drubbing was the worst defeat ever suffered by Brazil in their 100-year history.
Brazil president 'sad,' 'sorry' about World Cup defeat
President Dilma Rousseff said she was sad and sorry about Brazil's defeat.
"Like every Brazilian, I am very, very sad about this defeat. I am immensely sorry for all of us. Fans and our players," she wrote on Twitter after the game.
Assim como todos os brasileiros, estou muito, muito triste com a derrota.— Dilma Rousseff (@dilmabr) July 8, 2014
Sinto imensamente por todos nós. torcedores, e pelos nossos jogadores.— Dilma Rousseff (@dilmabr) July 8, 2014
During the match at the stadium in Belo Horizonte, sections of the crowd chanted obscenities against Rousseff, who did not attend the game.
Rousseff has seen her popularity drop over the past year amid protests against the record $11 billion spent on the tournament, but she still has a wide lead in opinion polls ahead of October elections in which she is seeking a second four-year term. – Rappler.com