Brazil Routs Suriname in Soccer, Ecuador and Trinidad Maintain Hopes
By Dialogo July 18, 2011
To reach the semifinals of the men’s soccer tournament of the 5th Military World Games, Brazil only needs a draw in their next match with Uruguay due to Sunday 6-0 thrashing against Suriname on Sunday gave the host team that comfort.
Soldier Renildo Gomes scored two goals, in keeping with his role as a striker. Gomes was also responsible for the winning goal in the game against Algeria.
Soldiers Thiago Philip, Dilton Caesar, Ronaldo, and Luiz Fernando Freitas scored the other four goals which gave Brazil the win over Surinam. Lt. Colonel. Davi Teixeira, coach of the Brazilian team, was happy with the victory and talked about his strategy for the match against Uruguay.
“It is not just to rest players, but to also play those on the bench. We have very good reserves. They are players who can replace and maintain the same level of play. The idea is to make a change and maintain momentum,” said the coach.
The players also believe in conserving their energy against Uruguay, to rest up for the semifinals. Egypt, the current military champions, and Qatar are the teams that deserve more attention. “These teams can be strong challengers in Brazil. All are professional athletes. I think we’ll play harder against them,” said Sergeant Fábio Augusto, who wears the #10 on the Brazilian team.
Meanwhile, the Uruguayans sound like they’re already conceding defeat to Brazil. Their 5-0 loss against Algeria on Sunday, buried any hopes the South American team had of qualifing. “We were inferior, which is why we lost. We must recognize the superiority of our opponent. The game against Brazil will be very hard, so we’ll see what happens,” said Uruguayan defender Hamilton Alvez.
Ecuador and Trinidad
In group B, Ecuador lost their chance to be among the top teams after losing 5-0 to Egypt at the Air Force University Field (UNIF). On Tuesday, Ecuador will face Kenya.
In group C, Trinidad and Tobago lost to Germany 4 to 1. Balthazar Jerwin scored for the Caribbean nation. To qualify, Trinidad must beat Qatar, who on Sunday defeated Cameroon 2 to 1, and hope that Germany loses against the Africans.
Soccer will be played by men and women and is the longest competition, so long that it starts even before the opening of the Games. There are no changes to the rules. There are eleven athletes on each side, and they follow the same system used for World Cup soccer games.
Congratulations Brazil for making the Olympics a big success. Everything is going very well. Congratulations Brazil. Congratulations to our military who welcomed the delegations. This is Brazil.