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2014 World Cup: Germany clobber hosts Brazil 7-1 in semi-final

Published on: 08 July 2014
Germany annihilated Brazil 7-1

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)


This article has 21 comment(s), give your comment
  • Canadian says:
    July 08, 2014 10:13 pm
    And suddenly everything that happened to Ghana doesn't look so bad
  • john akpa says:
    July 08, 2014 10:15 pm
    I said our world cup performance was not a disaster and I have been proved right. Kwesi Appiah and his team must be allowed to work without hinderance from any quarter !!!!!!!
  • cofie says:
    July 08, 2014 10:18 pm
    Did Ghana actually do well against Germany or its the level of the competition that has gone up?
  • benny says:
    July 08, 2014 10:33 pm
    Ghana could have won this world cup but for stupid man AA;we got nowhere. Clueless idiotic AA ,the only coach who rest his best players until the opposition is tired. AA must go at any cost.. Very very stupid man AA.
  • lion-fire says:
    July 08, 2014 10:34 pm
    Algeria even did better..dont be fooled and confused by a first round game...the Germans never do well in 2nd games..
  • PAPA says:
    July 08, 2014 10:41 pm
    u people are condoning our performance. what this should show you is exactly what we missed out on. with a bit of organisation and tactical knowledge and no politics we would have washing teams in semis. that was the best ghana team in years. all this useless coach had to do is get a left back ( baba rahman is the best we have with the brightest potential and he dropped him). and organise the defense. is that really too much to ask? in 4 years asamoah gyan will be old and mind u he is not just any striker. he was deadly at this wc, i hope one of our young strikers will explode otherwise we are finished.
  • PAPA says:
    July 08, 2014 10:42 pm
    whatever. we were all over the germans. i didnt see any change to their game play. brazil was just crap. yes germany played a slow tempo in the first half against ghana coz of the heat so thats an advantage we had over them. dont come here with algeria nonsense, they are nowhere near ghana in football
  • Alex zz says:
    July 08, 2014 10:45 pm
    AA is a great tactician,it's just unfortunate that our players didn't raise their game @ the Mundial.
  • lhaj says:
    July 08, 2014 10:58 pm
    Totally agreed with you Papa. Ghana could have make another world record by winning the whole damn thing. It is unfortunate that the greedy FA could not see past their greedy selves and work for the benefit of Africa. As stupid as they are, they cannot even recognize that they would have been able to steal more had Ghana win the whole thing. Who knows if Ghana will be in the next competition.
  • sami says:
    July 08, 2014 11:32 pm
    even pele turn Ghanaian
  • Benito says:
    July 08, 2014 11:35 pm
    Our qualification for 2018 should start from today 'we have a young team and talented but if we don't put pressure for the coach and greedy' corrupt and self centered football administrators to go then we should forget it.
  • spellBOUND says:
    July 08, 2014 11:38 pm
    masa, speak for yourself.
  • spellBOUND says:
    July 08, 2014 11:47 pm
    r u blind or def? which has happened over the past couple of weeks to make u think AA, nyantakyi and co are competent enough to manage this team?? the entire management starting with AA must go... they are simply clueless. you're comparing apples and oranges...nothing that happened today proves u right. getting beat on the field by a stronger opponent is one thing... but in-fighting and chaos within a team affects the overall performance on the field more than you think... do you think the scoreline would have been the same if brazil had silver and neymar??? brazil had 1 hindrance to success today.. missing 2 key players while ghana had many hindrances to success...AA, Corruption, greed, money kissers, clueless coach, favoritism, etc etc etc. think before you comment..
  • Boro says:
    July 09, 2014 12:14 am
    I get sick when people talk about AA resting his best players in the US match. Did he talk about experienced players or best players? Honestly, i do not know the so called our best players who started from the bench in the US game? We lost that match because on the day we failed to take our chances and i guess we weren't lucky as well. In that game the BS dominated, created all the chances but made some few silly mistakes in defence which caused the team. There was much improvement in the game against the germans with virtually the same crop of players and we could have hammered the Germans had Jordan not been selfish when there was an opportunity to go three goals up. I am yet to be convinced how the playing body could allow hundred thousand dollars ruin our focus and the semi final target at the world cup. Money is important but looking at the level of commitment from most of the participating teams except the Africa teams who probably do not know the essence of the world cup the behaviour of the players i will say was so unpatriotic, radiculous and unforgiven. Since 2006 our players have had the best of treat as far as bonuses and fees are concerned compared to those years where promised were never fulfilled. I therefore cannot understand why they could fail to thrust the president word for it. Their success in receiving what is due these players never came from players revolt but by the effort of the media. This is why i still believe that though the management and the technical team had their flaws there were still crop of players who wished the team failed because they were not the ones leading the team. Afterall what is that money compared to winning the world cup. If they really were thinking about Ghanaians there was no way they could have allowed that take their focus. After breaking our heart we still have people supporting their flimsy excuses. The GFA have their flaws, the coach has his flaws but i think the greater part of the blame should go to the minister and the playing body. Therefore those who are calling the GFA and the coach's head must as call the heads of all the 23 man squad of the players. That is none of those players should ever be part of the BS then i will agree that people are being fair.
  • kk says:
    July 09, 2014 01:00 am
    @Boro,you got it wrong.On that day,the heat worried the Germans,and there is this jinx about them losing their second match in the world cup.If we had played them later in the day they would have wslloped us.
  • Nii from Mamprobi says:
    July 09, 2014 02:20 am
    This was Ghana's WC to take, We loose guard Big Time!!!. We had the quality but our organization was faulty. The root cause of failure was due to lack of top flight coaching tactics and a strong technical bench. In addition our players where not put in the correct positions or situations. Therefore such internal team dynamics make it impossible to succeed nor maintain a positive discipline. Mickey mouse management and loony tune logistics caused chaos during training sessions. We should have beat the Germans, and a focus Ghana XI could have beating Brazil. This could be a blessing, Cleanse the GFA. Reevaluate and review analytic data on all players, coaches, technical staff and physios. We must follow the rapid redevelopment patterns of FAs such as the Costa Ricans, Germans and Klinsman with the USA. Its simple maximize our strengths and eliminates all weaknesses. It is clear our weakness lie not on the pitch but on the sidelines and in our training camp.
  • kk says:
    July 09, 2014 02:30 am
    Appiah is as useless as ghanasoccernet.Appiah failed us at AFCON 2013,and in the world cup he failed to win a single match.
  • Nii from Mamprobi says:
    July 09, 2014 02:59 am
    Shalom. FYI , the Brazilians tried to use juju to win the WC also. They lacked the quality.Brazilian government decided to build lavish Stadiums at the expense of their masses to win a World Cup. Ghana on the other hand disgraced ourselves as well, but we held the Germans, which should make us wise up and pay attention. Actually, we were winning with our best goalkeeper on the bench attempting to over come the reality that our coach forgot his Manchester City lessons during the first 30 second of the previous match. We truly were in the group of death. World Cup in Brazil is proof that corruption and negative motivation will never bring forth true glory. Peace be.
  • Nii from Mamprobi says:
    July 09, 2014 03:18 am
    When we lose 7-1, then you can blame the players. we failed to gain available 3 points in each game because of a coaching decision. Who decided to bring Jordan into the game? the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus? Trust what president's word? the President of Ghana? Since Nkrumah you cannot trust any word from a president of Ghana. The players rebelled against corruption and nepotism. I saw the players doing their job in every game with the except of those players that where favorites of the coach and GFA. Yeah, Gyan scored goals but he did not display any leadership skills. I do not blame Baby Jet, I was able to still be his fan after 2010 but he was also put in the wrong role by the coach. Kojo questioned the coaching tactics, Essien who barely speaks revolted. Do you think any of these players would have questioned Mourino or a Manager on that level of understanding of the game of football? If I leave my children in a cave of wolves to be eating or become savage like wolves, who is to be blamed?
    July 09, 2014 03:57 am
    I agree with Boro except that I do not see any flaws on the part of th GFA and the coach.
  • anokwale says:
    July 09, 2014 07:30 am
    Please note that this confirms that we have the skills but lack the organizational management.