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Felipe Melo had a hand (head? foot?) in Brazil's loss to Netherlands

Felipe Melo's own-goal allowed the Netherlands to tie the score early in the second half, and then was ejected in the 73rd minute for stomping on the leg of Arjen Robben. The Netherlands went on to shock Brazil, 2-1.

Melo's blunder on the own-goal will certainly get lots of attention. Will it be one of the top 11 own-goals in World Cup history?

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 2, 2010; 12:27 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Brazil , Netherlands  
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Comments

The own goal wasn't as bad as the stomp.

Posted by: delantero | July 2, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The own-goal wasn't 100% Felipe Melo's fault. Julio Cesar is a world-class goalkeeper. If he's going to come out for the ball, he needs to win it, no matter who gets in his way. Even the best players can make mistakes under pressure.

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | July 2, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Has any one of the "best best goalkeepers in the world" not made a horrible error in this tournament?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 2, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I didn't even consider it an own goal. He, merely, nicked the ball. He couldn't get much of it and was, probably, going in anyhow. I think Julio Ceasar may have caused him to be a little off balance when he went up.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | July 2, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

It was a very pretty own goal, tucked just inside the far post--positively Brazilian placement.

It's kind of a shame that Melo's harsh own goal (harsh because Caesar's goalkeeping mistake made the play) and deserved red card will overshadow today's other performances. Stekelenburg made the save of the tournament on Kaka's bending shot. Kaka maybe psyched himself out of his later opportunity, which didn't bend at all and sailed right of the goal.

Unfortunately for Melo, it was a very memorable game.

Posted by: hungrypug | July 2, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Casillas had some nervous moments, but no bad goals...

Posted by: Reignking | July 2, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

He didn't look very sharp on the Swiss goal.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 2, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Bubba - the first goal should be credited to Sneijder. It was on frame, Julio Ceasar missed it and Melo only gave a slight deflection.

Posted by: soccerman | July 2, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

To me it looked like Melo tried to get out of Cesar's way. Too late, as it turns out.

But props to Sjneider for a wicked cross.

Posted by: delantero | July 2, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't remember that game at all. Guess I "watched" via gamecast.

Posted by: Reignking | July 2, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Funny, I remember years ago a UCLA player stomping on a Maryland player "in the man region" in the semi-finals of the College Cup in Dallas.

The Maryland player was the one who recieved a yellow card out of the whole thing.

So I guess they changed the rules???

Posted by: CapsNut | July 2, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

more Julio Cesar's fault than Melo's.

Posted by: nico78 | July 2, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

that's not even close to an own goal. He could barely get a nick to it. It was going in either way when JC failed to get to the ball.

Posted by: restonhoops | July 2, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

No excuse for Melo, but Robben came out from the 1st minute of the game intent on drawing cards from the Brazilians, and his plan worked out brilliantly. Kind of a shame, if you ask me.

Posted by: jack35 | July 2, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I guess kaka, dunga, doo-doo and poo-poo are going home.

Posted by: brian1va1 | July 2, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

what about his stellar marking on the go-ahead goal. As he stood a foot away via goal side and watched as Sneijder headed it past him unmarked.

Posted by: mgatorian1 | July 2, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

The Afrikaaners want the Dutch to go all the way

Posted by: GeneWells | July 2, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

The cross on the own goal should have been collected easily by the keeper. Why not actually catch the ball instead of trying to punch it? Who started this craze of keepers just punching the ball instead of catching it? Also, I was actually amused to see how Brazil unraveled when falling behind, and how they complained when the tables were turned and the Dutch feigned injury to waste time. Something really needs to be done about all the rolling around and attempts to fool the referee into issuing cards. It ruins the game.

Posted by: AsstGM | July 2, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

The cross on the own goal should have been collected easily by the keeper. Why not actually catch the ball instead of trying to punch it? Who started this craze of keepers just punching the ball instead of catching it? The stomp was bad but typical and didn't you just know it was coming eventually once Brazil went down. I was actually amused to see how Brazil unraveled when falling behind, and how they complained when the tables were turned and the Dutch feigned injury to waste time. Something really needs to be done about all the rolling around and attempts to fool the referee into issuing cards. It ruins the game.

Posted by: AsstGM | July 2, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Firts dutch goal was more Julio Cesars fault. He's has a direct view of the ball as it is bieng centered, he has the entore view of the area and can see Felipe Melo going up to head it away, JC sees no other Dutch player jumps up to challange FM for the ball.

JC barges into FM, and as a result FM can't connect with the ball to clear it away, JC is bothered by FM and can't reach the ball.

FM messed up on the red card tho.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | July 2, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I realize this blog isn't responsible for the Wash Post web headline, but where to comment?

Isn't the headline "A Shocking Upset for Brazil" a tad misleading? How about "A Shocking Upset of Brazil"?

Who writes the Wash Post web front page?

Posted by: dcc1968 | July 2, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

@ CapsNut - the Maryland player who got stomped/carded? Clarence Goodson...of the US World Cup team. That ref simply blew the call that day.

Posted by: soccerman | July 2, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm not even sure about the word "upset". A lot of people would have called this one a tossup.

Posted by: universityandpark | July 2, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Asamoah Gyan just blew it! He could have been the hero! What a miss.

Posted by: charlie015 | July 2, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I picked Netherlands over Brazil without hesitation. I don't see the level of play of South American national teams (not individual stars, the whole teams) being up to European levels.

Posted by: Wallenstein | July 2, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

The stomp and subsequent red card were more important. If the keeper does a better job there is no own goal. Melo and many other Brazilians were shameful today in their behavior. Robben was wallowing on the field too much also.

Posted by: mbyrd28 | July 2, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

People forget that Melo assisted on Robinho's goal so technically he didn't really do anything to hurt the team. It was just a poor all around showing by Brazil, whose team was not nearly as good as the 2006, and 2002 teams.

Posted by: DCsportsfan7 | July 2, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I can think of no Brazilian in history to warrant as much shame as Melo has reaped upon himself. His personality, particularly his arrogance, is appalling, and his play does not compensate. I remember watching the Confed Cup final, watching him do something uncalled for and commenting "what an a-hole."

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 2, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

If a goalkeeper slightly deflects a ball with his fingertips(or some other body part) and it still goes into the net it is not typically called an own goal. Yet, when a defender barely touches the ball on the way to goal with his head or some other body part, hardly altering its trajectory toward the net, it's usually called an own goal. Strange ruling. To me, it was clearly a shot on goal that Brazil were just unable to stop. If it's a cross and the ball dramatically changes course (like 90 degrees) because of a defenders blunder it makes sense, but when a ball is clearly headed towards the goal anyway, and a lousy defensive play is made, why take it away from Sneijder? I think it discredits the thousands and thousands of hours of practice and competition these professionals have dedicated themselves to chalk it up to the misfortune of the opposing team (they are claiming that its just bad luck because the defender clearly didn't do it on purpose). You might as well not credit anyone with any goal and just chalk it up to luck whenever it ends up in the net, regardless of who touched it first or last. Ask Gyan how he feels about "luck".

Posted by: papasteve_z | July 3, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Joga boner-ito!

Posted by: OWNTF | July 3, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

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