Germany humiliated Brazil 7-1 in an historic semi-final football lesson, including MiroslavÂ Kloseâ€™sÂ 16thÂ record-setting World Cup strike.
TheÂ SelecaoÂ went into theÂ EstadioÂ MineiraoÂ inÂ BeloÂ HorizonteÂ without suspended captainÂ ThiagoÂ Silva and injured star strikerÂ Neymar, as the nation was still in shock after seeing his fractured vertebra in the win over Colombia.
AsÂ WillianÂ was also carrying a back injury, Bernard received his first appearance of the tournament. Germany kept the same XI that beat France 1-0, asÂ MiroslavÂ Klose became the first man ever to play in four World Cup semi-finals.
Julio Cesar and captain DavidÂ LuizÂ heldÂ Neymarâ€™sÂ jersey as they sang the national anthem before kick-off.
SamiÂ KhediraÂ had a dangerous early shot charged down accidentally by his own teammate, but Germany took the lead soon after.
It was dreadful defending, as Thomas Muller was left totally unmarked to side-foot home a ToniÂ KroosÂ corner from six yards at the back stick.
PhilipÂ LahmÂ perfectly timed his tackle on Marcelo in the box, but it was mainly Germany and they netted an historic second.
Muller set upÂ Klose, who forced a save out of Julio Cesar and pounced on the rebound from seven yards to double the German lead. TheÂ LazioÂ centre-forwardalso set a new all-time record with 16 goals in World Cup games, leaving Ronaldo behind on 15.
Brazil simply fell apart and Germany showed no mercy inÂ BeloÂ Horizonte.Â Krooswas left unmarked for a powerful first-time strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the box, then he caughtÂ FernandinhoÂ in possession, combined withÂ MesutOzilÂ to tear theÂ defenceÂ apart and deposited in the finish.
It was 4-0 for Germany after 26 minutes and it was like the curse of theMaracanazoÂ all over again â€“ so-called because Brazil lost the 1950 World Cup Final at theÂ MaracanÃ Â to Uruguay.
The night was only getting worse for a team in total and utter disarray. DavidÂ Luizlost possession this time and SamiÂ KhediraÂ side-footed home from 12 yards, again with little pressure on him.
It was an amazing result, especially considering Brazil were unbeaten at home in competitive fixtures since theÂ 1970sÂ and hadnâ€™t lost any games on their own soil in 12 years.
FelipeÂ ScolariÂ made a double substitution and his team did appear to be a little more wide awake in the second half, as ManuelÂ NeuerÂ palmed aÂ RamiresÂ pull-back away from Fred. Moments later the goalkeeper used his leg to parry an Oscar strike from point-blank range.
PaulinhoÂ burst down the left and forced a desperate double save out ofÂ Neuer, but Germany were shaken out of their torpor and Julio Cesar flew to fingertip a Muller curler on to the roof of the net.
The ex-Inter goalkeeper also rushed off his line to clear from AndreasÂ Schurrlewhen it was two against one on the counter.
Germany did add a sixth with a well-worked move, asÂ LahmÂ pulled across from the right for substituteÂ SchurrleÂ to side-foot home from eight yards. Again, the defending was a shambles.
SchurrleÂ showed no mercy to complete his brace and make it 7-0 with a great goal, blasting in off the underside of the bar from the tightest of angles.
By this point, the Brazilian crowd was openly mocking its own team, chanting â€˜oleâ€™ at every German pass.
It was almost 8-0 withÂ OzilÂ skimming the upright when one-on-one with Julio Cesar, but at the other end Oscar finally got a consolation goal. His dummy sold JeromeÂ BoatengÂ and he kept his cool to lift the finish overÂ Neuer.
Brazil 1-7 Germany
Scorers: Muller 11 (G),Â KloseÂ 23 (G),Â KroosÂ 24, 26 (G),Â KhediraÂ 29 (G),Â Schurrle69, 79 (G), Oscar 91 (B)
Brazil:Â Julio Cesar;Â Maicon, DavidÂ Luiz, Dante, Marcelo;Â LuizÂ Gustavo,FernandinhoÂ (PaulinhoÂ 46); Bernard, Oscar, Hulk (RamiresÂ 46); Fred
Germany:Â Neuer;Â Lahm,Â Boateng,Â HummelsÂ (MertesackerÂ 46),Â Howedes;Â Kroos,KhediraÂ (DraxlerÂ 76),Â Schweinsteiger;Â Ozil, Muller,Â KloseÂ (SchurrleÂ 58)
Ref:Â Rodriguez (MEX)