One Brazilian who had mixed feelings as his country cantered towards a goalless draw with the Netherlands was Lucas.
Sure, the mercurial 18-year-old would have liked to see his compatriots ahead. It was uplifting, however, to hear the crowd, eager to see the introduction of a player capable of chanigng the game, vociferously demanding his relocation from the bench to the turf.
“I had never experienced it in my life, the while stadium calling for me to come on,” the Sao Paulo ace, a superb playmaker and regular scorer of wonder goals, said. “It was a wonderful sensation.”
The supporters finally got their wish on 63 minutes and although Lucas was unable to prevent the deadlock remaining intact, he did impress with some neat touches and invention. “I got on and tried to justify it, but unfortanately the match-winning goal didn’t come,” he lamented.
Given his enchanting cameo, Lucas could be in line to start against Romania at the Pacaembu on Tuesday evening in a match that will mark the legendary Ronaldo’s final appearance for Brazil.
“I keep imagining what it would be like to play alongside Ronaldo,” said the teenager whose marketing rights are looked after by the three-time Fifa World Player of the Year’s company, 9ine. “If I get on the pitch and have this opportunity, I’ll do my best.”