Brazil 1 (Oscar 90) – 7 Germany (Muller 11, Klose 23, Kroos 24, 26, Khedira 29, Schurrle 69, 79)
It was a day of destruction and humiliation in Belo Horizonte as Brazil were crushed to pieces by a ruthless German side 7-1 in front of their own supporters. On a night that was supposed to be a clash between a formidable European footballing power and South America’s traditional best, Brazil and their fans were left in tatters, a shocking result which will take some recovery from.
With star striker Neymar injured, and facing a long injury layoff, and captain Thiago Silva suspended, Brazil turned to Bayern Munich centre back Dante and Shakhtar Donetsk’s attacking midfielder Bernard as replacements. Miroslav Klose started for Germany, and he needed just one goal to become the all time leading scorer in World Cup history, breaking Brazilian Ronaldo’s record of 15.
Germany were ahead after 11 minutes, through Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller as he tapped in from a corner, with Brazil’s defenders offering little obstacle. After 12 minutes of holding out, Brazil crumpled in the space of 6 minutes, as the Germans parked their artilerry in Brazil’s half and pounded them all over.
Mirolsav Klose was the beneficiary of a fine passing move, and he scored in his second attempt, after Julio Cesar had saved his first effort. Toni Kroos scored less than a minute later, with a fine left footed drive that beat QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar completely. Sami Khedira then played his part in the 4th goal by setting up Kroos again. David Luiz was constantly being booed by the home fans as he wandered forward, far too often, shunning his defensive responsibilities.
Khedira got his goal, 3 minutes later, with a goal that seemed so easy. He linked up with Mesut Ozil, and the two rarely looked troubled. Brazil were completely demolished with only 29 minutes gone. The mood at the stadium had turned into one of complete shock and disgust, as players started to break down on the field. Half time bought a bit of respite and a chorus of boos.
Striker Fred was subjected to special vicious treatment for his own fans. Brazil started the second half well, forcing Neuer into a couple of saves, before Germany continued with their steamrollering effort, as Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle finished off a simple passing move. 10 minutes later, Germany had reached seventh heaven, with a sweet left footed strike from Schurrle again. The fans around the stadium now were cheering every German goal, a real low point for Brazilian football.
Brazil did manage a goal late on, with Oscar scoring, but it was nothing but consolation. Brazil’s World Cup dream had ended in complete and utter disarray. This equalled their worst defeat, a 6-0 loss to Uruguay in 1920, and this defeat will definitely rank as one of the darkest days of Brazilian football, after the 1950 World Cup Final loss to Uruguay.
Germany recorded the biggest margin win in semi-finals, after West Germany’s thrashing of Austria, 6-1 in the 1954 World Cup. This also marked the first time when more than 8 goals were scored in a World Cup game, 12 years after Germany had beaten Saudi Arabia 8-0.
While Germany can now prepare for a final with Argentina, Brazil hope to achieve some respect as they face off Netherlands in the 3rd place playoff.
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