World Cup 2014: Defeat brings down the curtain on Brazil’s generation of failure

It’s been a farewell to the World Cup that’s been as long as it’s been painful for the host nation. And for the people here, they deserved better than that after what they’ve put on. Just over a month ago, on the eve of the opening game between Brazil and Croatia, there were nervous whispers about a temporary stand at the Itaquerao, which hadn’t been trialled before, let alone been met with such a wall of emotion