Germany scored five goals in 18 astonishing first-half minutes on their way to a 7-1 semi-final mauling of Brazil on Tuesday setting a string of records and leaving the host nation's fans angry and bewildered.
Germany will meet Argentina or the Netherlands in Sunday's final in Rio de Janeiro after an unbelievable performance in which striker Miroslav Klose became the tournament's highest scorer of all time with his 16th World Cup goal.
Before Tuesday, Brazil’s biggest World Cup loss was 3-0 to France in the 1998 final. This result matched their biggest ever margin of defeat in any competition, equalling a 6-0 loss to Uruguay in 1920 in the South American championship,
It was Brazil's record World Cup defeat and their first at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975. The last time Brazil hosted the World Cup, their campaign also ended in scarring trauma as they lost to Uruguay in the final, a defeat known as the "Maracanazo".
“We wanted to make the people happy,” Brazil defender David Luiz said. “Unfortunately we couldn't.”
“We apologise to all Brazilians.”
Brazil were playing without injured forward Neymar. The crowd roared chants of "Neymar, Neymar" just before kick-off, following a spine-tingling rendition of the national anthem that saw Luiz proudly holding up the injured striker's No.10 shirt.
But the absence of defensive linchpin Thiago Silva, who was suspended, soon proved costly as Germany scored five goals in the first 29 minutes, including a burst of four in six devastating minutes.
Thomas Mueller opened the scoring on 11 minutes, punishing poor Brazilian marking at a corner. Although Germany looked the better team after an early period of pressure from Brazil, there was little indication of the devastation about to be unleashed.
“The space we had was bigger than against defensive teams,'' Mueller said after the game. “We took advantage of it superbly, the opponent at some point gets broken.”
Klose's cool finish to break the scoring record after goalkeeper Julio Cesar saved his initial shot on 23 minutes was the cue for the Brazilian defence to cave in completely.
Toni Kroos struck twice in the 24th and 26th minutes. Then Sami Khedira rounded off another clinical move to make it 5-0 on 29 minutes.
Brazilians bitter and bewildered
After the fifth goal, well before half-time, hundreds of Brazil fans left their expensive seats.
A section of the crowd chanted sexually-expletive obscenities against both their team and President Dilma Rousseff, who up to now had enjoyed a reprieve from protests over the record $11 billion spent to host the tournament.
Though Brazil rallied at the start of the second half, the torture continued at 69 minutes when Andre Schuerrle swept in Germany's sixth.
Boos rang out around the Mineirao Stadium as the Germans celebrated.
Schuerrle then grabbed his second goal at 79 minutes to make it 7-0. That goal was greeted by a burst of applause as Brazilian fans saluted Germany's wonderful exhibition of attacking football.
A late goal from Oscar was greeted by an ironic cheer from the stunned home fans at the end of the most incredible World Cup game ever played.
“We did what we thought was best,'' said Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. “Please excuse us for this mistake. I'm sorry we could not get to the final.''
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP, REUTERS)
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Date created : 2014-07-08