Host-nation Brazil have been humiliated 7-1 by Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.
Germany started the scoring early with a goal from their leading goal-scorer Thomas Muller who now moves to five overall. Veteran Miroslav Klose became the top goal-scorer in World Cup history after the striker netted German’s second just after the 20 minute mark. A quick-fire brace from midfielder Toni Kroos extended the lead to four before Sami Khedira made it five before the half hour. The second-half brought resistance and resilience from Brazil, only to be quashed by the inform German shot-stopper Manuel Neuer.
The Germans continued to crush the hearts of a nation and ply a ruthless destruction to a battered Brazilian side. Winger Andre Schurrle scored a late brace making it 7-0. Brazil scored a consolation goal in the 19th minute to give the shattered supporters something to cheer, but it just capped off a dark day for Brazilian football.
After the injury to Brazil’s poster-boy Neymar in the Colombia game, there was mass speculation regarding how Brazil would fair without the star versus Germany. However it was the absentee of captain Thiago Silva due to suspension that cost the team. Stand-in captain David Luiz and replacement Dante led a woeful defensive performance for the Brazilians. The former Chelsea defender especially looked lost and under-par to usual standards. It was difficult to pick a quality performance from any Brazilian player, whereas the Germans were brilliant and move into pole-position for the trophy.
The win breaks history – the predecessors were 6-1 losses to Yugoslavia and the USA in the 1930 World Cup while coincidentally West Germany also recorded the same scoreline in the semi-finals of the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland.
Germany will face the Netherlands or Argentina in the final, with that match to be decided tomorrow morning at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. – Jake O’Brien
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