Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Story of the match:

 

  • Germany 5-0 up in 29 mins
  • Klose record World Cup scorer
  • Brazil's biggest World Cup defeat
  • First competitive home defeat in 39 years

 

Brazil's World Cup dreams ended in humiliating and brutal fashion as Germany inflicted their heaviest defeat in the first semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

 

A thunderous occasion that began with Brazil riding a tidal wave of emotion was reduced to a nightmare as Germany were 5-0 up inside 29 remarkable minutes in front of a disbelieving Estadio Mineirao crowd.

 

Brazil's players mourned the absence of the injured Neymar before kick-off, but captain Thiago Silva was an even bigger loss. The result was their first competitive home defeat in 39 years, and the end of their hopes of making it to the World Cup final at the iconic Maracana on Sunday.

 

Instead, Germany will meet either Argentina or Netherlands, who meet on Wednesday in Sao Paulo.

 

Thomas Muller gave the three-time winners an early lead before a period of utter chaos saw Miroslav Klose break the World Cup scoring record, Toni Kroos add two more in the space of 179 seconds and Sami Khedira net a fifth.

Chelsea striker Andre Schurrle, on as a substitute, added two more after the break before Brazil's followers delivered what must be regarded as the defining insult to their national team - cheering every German pass and applauding their goals.

Many Brazil supporters, swamped with such anticipation as they gathered in their thousands around the ground hours before kick-off, were reduced to tears after less than 30 minutes, and reduced to such a state of shock that it was only at half-time that they registered their first serious dissent

This equalled Brazil's heaviest margin of defeat, a 6-0 loss at the hands of Uruguay in the 1920 Copa America, but the impact of this reverse, not just on the world stage but in their homeland, will put this alongside the 1950 World Cup final defeat by the Uruguayans in Rio as their darkest football day.

Muller's early goal was a big enough setback, but the manner in which Luiz Felipe Scolari's side crumbled in the space of seven minutes is likely to be a matter of national debate in this country for years to come.

This was Brazil's first defeat at home for 12 years. The loss for a country built on sporting pride, and at their own World Cup, will be bad enough to take. The scale of defeat will take the inquests to a new level.

The statistics stacked up like pieces of rubble around the feet of Scolari and his players. This was the first time a team had scored seven in a World Cup semi-final, and the biggest defeat in one of these games since West Germany beat Austria 6-1 in 1954.

The five-time champions' team coach bears the phrase "Brace Yourself - The 6th Is Coming". It did indeed arrive, but only in the back of Julio Cesar's net.

With all David Luiz's defensive indiscipline offering rich pickings for Germany's speed and mobility, the game swiftly descended into a fiasco for Brazil.

Much has been made of their over-emotion and there was, in retrospect, an overblown public reaction to the absence of Neymar, injured in the quarter-final against Colombia, in the hour leading up to kick-off.

Scolari led his players off the team coach wearing a white "Forca Neymar" baseball cap before captain Luiz and goalkeeper Cesar held up his number 10 shirt during a stirring rendition of Brazil's national anthem.

It was all downhill, and rapidly, for Brazil from the moment Muller was the beneficiary of dreadful marking to steer in Kroos's corner.

Brazil simply fell apart and it was an invitation Germany were not going to refuse as Klose scored at the second attempt to set a new World Cup record of 16 goals in only 23 games.

What followed was one of the most remarkable passages of play in any World Cup game, let alone a semi-final, as Germany did not just look like scoring on every attack, they invariably did.

Throughout this World Cup there has been a suspicion a mediocre Brazil defence has been disguised. With the shield of Silva removed, they were simply taken apart by Germany, wilting under pressure and abject in coping with their attacking variety.

Kroos side-footed home a finish Cesar touched but could not save, then the midfielder quickly added another when set up by the unselfish Khedira.

Khedira added another before half-time in an example of the complete disintegration of Brazil's organisation, discipline and basic defence. He strolled towards the penalty area untroubled before exchanging passes with Mesut Ozil to score.

It was only then, perhaps as full recognition sunk in, that Brazil's supporters started to deliver a toxic reaction to their team, with striker Fred singled out for vicious treatment.

Despite a lively start to the second half that saw Germany keeper Manuel Neuer distinguish himself, normal service was resumed as Schurrle finished off a fine passing move before drilling a near-post finish past Cesar, who should have done better.

It was at this point the home fans threw their support behind Germany, cheering passing moves and even breaking into applause for Schurrle's goal.

Oscar's late strike was nothing in the way of consolation to them and they turned savagely on their players - many of whom left the pitch in tears - at the final whistle.

Brazil knew their World Cup dream might have to end. No-one suspected for a moment it would end like this.

 

Courtesy: BBC Sport
Read the Full Story Here: http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/28102403

IT News
Imphal,a July 08:
In a fresh internal clash of political parties in Manipur, BJP Manipur Pradesh today expelled its four members in the wake of internal crisis among the members of Trinamool Congress Party’s Manipur Unit.Addressing a press conference today at the party office located at Nityaipak, Imphal, Salam Ibohal, Spokesperson, BJP Manipur Pradesh said that the state President, Th. Chaoba today expelled four members namely Salam Rajen, ex-Minister, ex-VP, BJP Manipur Pradesh Lamshang AC, Yumnam Khemchand, ex-VP, BJP Manipur Pradesh Singjamei AC, Naoroibam Ratan, active member, BJP Manipur Pradesh Heingang AC and Mongjam Poireihenba, state executive member, BJP Lamlai Mandal for their anti party behaviour. He further said the above members have been expelled under Article 25 C and D of Party RR.It could be noted that Mongjam Poireihenba had recently threatened to lodge a complaint to the National president against Th. Chaoba, President of BJP Manipur Pradesh for enrolling new members to the party without the consent and knowledge of other party members.

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

Shifting tide

The Government of Manipur, or more precisely, the Health Department of the State Government was honoured for being the most successful state in terms of maintaining the lowest infant mortality rate in the country about a year ago. The achievement was no mean feat by any yardstick, and indeed, it can be said that the state, though nestled in one of the most remote and geopolitically challenging corner of the country, yet there has been tremendous improvement in the field of medical advancements. The news is also a moral booster for the numerous public with limited means and accessibility who would otherwise have had to endure torturous journeys to places outside the state for seeking better treatment: or so everyone thought. The mild euphoric feeling, like all good things, soon came to an abrupt ending with the premier medical establishment in the State having had to start battling demons, mostly the ones which are its own making. The rosy picture faded, and soon enough, the public began to see the reality behind the smoke screen. And while one needs to really experience the atmosphere before making any assumptions, the journalistic fraternity indeed had the unenviable experience of going through the descriptions which until that very day was considered over reacting by the worried near and dear ones of those sick and injured. The firsthand experience of the indifferent attitude of a couple of kid doctors, presumably interns, and their apparent feeling of new found self-importance which clearly overshadowed their need for display of kindness and understanding to the infirm, the injured and the sick left a very strong feeling of pity and frustration by a number of media persons and journalists who happened to be present to enquire and keep vigil for a very good friend and acquaintance who sustained serious injuries due to an unfortunate mishap. It is another matter altogether that a major tragedy was averted due to the keen observation of the friends and family and timely shifting of the injured to a nearby private hospital whose doctors, within minutes of arrival of the patient, detected a serious internal bleeding and decided on an emergency operation during which almost two litres of blood was taken out. What is more appalling than the unethical and pathetic attitude of the doctors is the fact that the facilities and machineries utilized inside the emergency block is acutely short of the required number and quality to meet the pressing demands. There has been a spate of renovations and constructions inside the RIMS campus of late, and there must obviously be a reason for doing so. But it does escape common sense when the most important aspect of the whole exercise of saving lives, where the most critical and first aid emergency care is to be given is apparently neglected, as much as the sense of service and help is lacking in those who are supposed to be easing the pain and distress of others. The visible shift in focus is a cause for concern for the people in the state who are still hoping for affordable healthcare service without compromising on the quality. For now, the acute apathy and disregard for social needs on the part of the Government and officials are driving the sick and wounded to seek out costlier but more trustworthy and courteous options.

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

Bomb threat

IT News

Imphal, July 8: Unknown miscreants today placed hand grenades at two different places in Imphal West and Bishnupur District. The first hand grenade was found at the residence of Laishram Shantikumar (45) son of Late Gourahari at Naoremthong Laishram Leikai in Imphal West at around 5.30 am. The hand grenade was wrapped in a paper and was written as KCP-MC.  Shantikumar runs a canteen inside the premise of Manipur University.The second hand grenade was found at the residence of one Laishram Nirmala Devi (40) daughter of Laishram Heramot at Nachou Mayai Leikai in Bishempur district at around 6.30 am. Nirmala was a leader of the locality.Both the bomb were picked up and safely detonated by police personnel.

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