Seven star Germany smash Brazil's World Cup dream

By AFP
Published: July 9, 2014
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Andre Schurle celebrates after scoring Germany's sixth goal against Brazi. PHOTO: AFP

Andre Schurle celebrates after scoring Germany's sixth goal against Brazi. PHOTO: AFP

BELO HORIZONTE: Brazil’s World Cup dream was smashed into oblivion as majestic Germany ran riot to win an extraordinary semi-final 7-1 and send the South American hosts crashing to their worst ever defeat in their 100-year footballing history.

Sixty-four years after Brazil was plunged into national mourning after their loss in the 1950 final, the hosts were torn apart in a defeat likely to be every bit as traumatic as the fabled “Maracanazo.”

Germany advanced to Sunday’s final in the Maracana after a brilliant first-half blitz which included a burst of four goals in six devastating minutes.

Thomas Mueller opened the scoring on 11 minutes, punishing poor Brazilian marking at a corner to make it 1-0.

Brazil, badly missing suspended captain Thiago Silva, tried to regroup but there was no respite.

Miroslav Klose’s cool finish on 23 minutes — which made him the World Cup’s all-time top-scorer with 16 goals — was the cue for the floodgates to open.

Toni Kroos struck twice in the 24th and 26th minutes to make it 4-0 and then Sami Khedira rounded off another clinical move to make it 5-0 on 29 minutes.

Dead and buried inside half an hour, the crowd at the Mineirao Stadium was stunned into silence.

Many fans burst into tears as they struggled to comprehend the enormity of what had taken place.

After the fifth goal, well before half-time, hundreds of people left their expensive seats.

A section of the crowd chanted sexually-expletive obscenities against the 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.

Across the nation, others fans shouted at their televisions and abandoned public screenings.

Though Brazil rallied at the start of the second half, the torture continued on 69 minutes when Andre Schuerrle swept in Germany’s sixth.

This time boos rang out around the Mineirao as the Germans celebrated.

Schuerrle then grabbed his second on 79 minutes to make it 7-0, and confirm the worst defeat in Brazil’s history.

The previous record loss had been a 6-0 reverse to Uruguay in 1920.

Schuerlle’s second 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 barely applauded by the Mineirao Stadium crowd.

Brazil had gone into the match riding a fervent wave of national emotion, determined to clinch a place in the final to honour injurect striker Neymar.

The crowd roared chants of “Neymar, Neymar” just before kick-off, following a spine-tingling rendition of the national anthem that saw captain David Luiz proudly holding up the injured striker’s No.9 shirt.

But Mueller’s early strike punctured the fervent mood, and when the goals started flying in after Klose made it 2-0 there was no way back for Brazil.

Germany will now play the winner of Wednesday’s semi-final between the Netherlands and Argentina in the final.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Alann
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:46AM

    Brazil’s defense was terrible.
    It will be most likely Germany vs Argentina in the finals.

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  • Bibi
    Jul 9, 2014 - 4:17AM

    What happened with Brazil is what usually happens with Pakistan, much over rated and ends with a dampener. Take it easy Brazilians, we know how it feels.

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  • nkhan
    Jul 9, 2014 - 5:19AM

    Brazilian team has dug their own grave…. By relying on only one or two player….. Neymar…….. Algerian player were far more better than this “Neymarian team”…….
    Germans were superb at each and every level… the only thing was left that the German goal keeper would have goal in the Brazilian goal post… :)

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 9, 2014 - 5:42AM

    Brazilian team deserved it. Their performance in entire tournament was from poor to average.

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  • Shafaq
    Jul 9, 2014 - 7:55AM

    Well done, Germany.

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  • Jul 9, 2014 - 8:05AM

    Well played Germany, Truly deserving victory.

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  • Raj Kafir
    Jul 9, 2014 - 8:16AM

    Just like Pakistani Cricket fans, Brazilians calling it a fixed match.Pathetic performance by Brazil whose players faked the injuries and adopted non sportsmanship tactics to reach the finals by hook or by crook.

    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/brazil2014/post-game/world-cup-germany-7-brazil-1-1.2700360

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  • Notanindiantroll
    Jul 9, 2014 - 8:17AM

    Germany Holland final.

    @ Bibi, Id compare Brazil with Pakistan and India with England national football team. Lost 7 test matches in a row, got whitewashed in New Zealand. And flopped in the t20 final vs Sri Lanka.

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  • Blunt
    Jul 9, 2014 - 9:02AM

    @Bibi:
    Obsession with Pakistan is never-ending across the border.

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  • Mutiso
    Jul 9, 2014 - 10:17AM

    this is realy emberrasing for team brazil. Surely it was jus like a nightmare to be beaten such goals in a worldcup semifinals match!!

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  • Ali
    Jul 9, 2014 - 12:52PM

    @Alann:
    Dear Final will be between Holland & Germany..

    Argentina will go home tonight.

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  • asad
    Jul 9, 2014 - 1:21PM

    hail hitler

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  • can`t remember
    Jul 9, 2014 - 1:32PM

    @Raj Kafir:
    Do i still need to remind u that how many times the Indian team was kicked out earlier from the tournament?

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  • Chelsea Fan
    Jul 9, 2014 - 3:33PM

    Thank God Mourinho sold David Luiz to PSG for a fortune. Now that is pure genius!

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  • MJ
    Jul 9, 2014 - 8:45PM

    It is most likely going to be an all European final.

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  • kerryoba
    Jul 13, 2014 - 2:55PM

    I can’t see the past Brazil now! Brazilian dominance over soccer is now over, it will take a century to regain the superiority! It is full of talentless players!Recommend

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