Some fans booed; some continued to cheer their team; some fell silent; many left early.
But everyone was left with a crushing sense of disappointment that the host nation’s run should come to an end in touch emphatic fashion.
By attempting to create a siege mentality, he overburdened his side with emotion, distracted them from the task in hand, which was to try and beat a Germany side which, until this point, hadn’t shown its true colours.
But many of the fans I spoke to disagreed – they also felt that the match was lost before it was even played, but because Neymar was their only genuinely top player.
“I can’t blame Scolari – we were disorganised and the Germans were f***ing organised. They never lost control.
“It shouldn’t be 7-1, but we only really have one player who can change games, and that’s Neymar. David Luiz tried his best but it’s not enough.”
The theme of this Brazil side lacking quality players was pressed home by Katarina, also from Belo Horizonte.
“I don’t blame Felipao or any of the team, other than we played a bad game and don’t have a good team.
“We have just one hero, and he was gone. The team isn’t up to it, and while I appreciate David Luiz’s leadership, we need a lot more players all over the pitch.”
Victor was more distressed, his forced thumbs-up symbolic of an eight-hour drive from Sao Paulo.
“Most of the responsibility is with Felipao but we’re not good enough.”
It’s not like Brazil are short of talent. If anything, the coach was guilty of being too loyal to the players which won him last year’s Confederations Cup, ignoring the likes of Lucas Moura, Philippe Coutinho, Wellington, Ronaldinho and even Kaka.
Scolari did indeed assume that responsibility, begging for forgiveness in the post-match press conference, and admitting his side had lost control.Thiago Silva, wept on the pitch and to reporters, saying he was “so sorry”.
But, ultimately, this Brazil team lacks the talent of previous vintages, and it needed to remain functional and organised to get past Germany.
I still maintain the Neymar situation got to their heads – his absence, and Fred’s presence, did not lead Brazil to concede five goals in half an hour.
A total loss of control was responsible for that and that, of course, is down to the coach.
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