Brazil’s 17-game winning streak is over.
Just two months after losing to the Selecao in the final of the Copa America, a plucky Peru exacted some measure of revenge during a Tuesday night friendly in Los Angeles. Luis Abram’s first international goal, powered in past a stranded Ederson with just minutes remaining, consigned Brazil to a defeat which drags them down to earth with a bump just weeks after claiming their first continental trophy in 12 years.
And, not for the first time and probably not for the last, the brunt of the criticism has been directed squarely at Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool’s number nine has started the new season with all manner of tricks and flicks, bamboozling defenders and making Jurgen Klopp’s star-studded attack tick like a vintage Rolex. But Brazil are still yet to see the best of this most enigmatic of forwards.
Firmino has scored just 12 goals in 38 games for his country and, while there is far more to his game than putting the ball in the back of the net, the former Hoffenheim talisman just doesn’t exert the same influence in the famous yellow shirt.
He was far from his best at the Copa America and, after being dragged off following an ineffective 63 minutes against Peru, the critics are sharpening their knives again.
I am hoping Bruno Henrique and Gabigol get a look an upcoming matches.— Ryan Barbosa (@kingraiders412) September 11, 2019
Firmino and Richarlison are very average on the pitch.
Tite also needs to give Vinicius Jr. some more@time to see what he can do.
Richarlison: 7/10— AllThingsSeleção (@SelecaoTalk) September 11, 2019
- Brazil’s best player. Put himself about and came close to scoring twice. Brazil’s only real threat going forward.
- Don’t think he touched the ball in the first 30 minutes. Did almost next to nothing. Not good enough for number 9.
What I got from this game. Brazil needs a right and left back. Arthur is indispensable in the mid field. Firmino isn’t for Tite. Neymar and g Jesus can’t be absent from the team. Then end. @Brazil_TeamNews @reliquiasbr @djdkjdkdkdbhhh @Brazilfan91 @BrasilEdition @brazil_legend— Carlinho Konpa (@Fakatal) September 11, 2019
Nope. But he was the worst out of the front 3. Richarlison was far far better. Looked like firmino wasn’t even trying.— AllThingsSeleção (@SelecaoTalk) September 11, 2019
Game changed drastically when Firmino and Neres came out— Jamie Sugiyama (@JSugiyama) September 11, 2019
Firmino makes me want to drink a liter of whiskey and yell at the kids in the neighborhood— Jamie Sugiyama (@JSugiyama) September 11, 2019
Tite please take firmino out— Lordilord (@obsalute) September 11, 2019
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