2014 World Cup: Germany clobber hosts Brazil 7-1 in semi-final
Germany humiliated Brazil 7-1 in an historic semi-final football lesson, including Miroslav Klose’s 16th record-setting World Cup strike.
The Selecao went into the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte without suspended captain Thiago Silva and injured star striker Neymar, as the nation was still in shock after seeing his fractured vertebra in the win over Colombia.
As Willian was also carrying a back injury, Bernard received his first appearance of the tournament. Germany kept the same XI that beat France 1-0, as Miroslav Klose became the first man ever to play in four World Cup semi-finals.
Julio Cesar and captain David Luiz held Neymar’s jersey as they sang the national anthem before kick-off.
Sami Khedira 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 Toni Kroos corner from six yards at the back stick.
Philip Lahm perfectly timed his tackle on Marcelo in the box, but it was mainly Germany and they netted an historic second.
Muller set up Klose, who forced a save out of Julio Cesar and pounced on the rebound from seven yards to double the German lead. The Lazio 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 in Belo Horizonte. Krooswas left unmarked for a powerful first-time strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the box, then he caught Fernandinho in possession, combined with MesutOzil to tear the defence apart and deposited in the finish.
It was 4-0 for Germany after 26 minutes and it was like the curse of theMaracanazo all over again – so-called because Brazil lost the 1950 World Cup Final at the Maracanà to Uruguay.
The night was only getting worse for a team in total and utter disarray. David Luizlost possession this time and Sami Khedira 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 the 1970s and hadn’t lost any games on their own soil in 12 years.
Felipe Scolari made a double substitution and his team did appear to be a little more wide awake in the second half, as Manuel Neuer palmed a Ramires pull-back away from Fred. Moments later the goalkeeper used his leg to parry an Oscar strike from point-blank range.
Paulinho burst down the left and forced a desperate double save out of 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 Andreas Schurrlewhen it was two against one on the counter.
Germany did add a sixth with a well-worked move, as Lahm pulled across from the right for substitute Schurrle to side-foot home from eight yards. Again, the defending was a shambles.
Schurrle 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 ‘ole’ at every German pass.
It was almost 8-0 with Ozil skimming the upright when one-on-one with Julio Cesar, but at the other end Oscar finally got a consolation goal. His dummy sold Jerome Boateng and he kept his cool to lift the finish over Neuer.
Brazil 1-7 Germany
Scorers: Muller 11 (G), Klose 23 (G), Kroos 24, 26 (G), Khedira 29 (G), Schurrle69, 79 (G), Oscar 91 (B)
Brazil: Julio Cesar; Maicon, David Luiz, Dante, Marcelo; Luiz Gustavo,Fernandinho (Paulinho 46); Bernard, Oscar, Hulk (Ramires 46); Fred
Germany: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Hummels (Mertesacker 46), Howedes; Kroos,Khedira (Draxler 76), Schweinsteiger; Ozil, Muller, Klose (Schurrle 58)
Ref: Rodriguez (MEX)