Semifinals: Without Neymar Jr. or Captain Thiago Silva the usual mighty Brazilian looked very pedestrian as they were defeated 7-1 by Germany.
By Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief
BELO HORIZONTE– The Eagles on a Tuesday afternoon made history for Brazil, by beating the Samba Kings 7-1, a humbling defeat that erases the 6-0 embarrassment they suffered against South American rivals Uruguay in the 1920 Copa America forever.
“It’s the worst moment of my football career and the worst day of my football life,” Brazilian Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari told FIFA.com, after Brazil historical 7-1 lost. “But life goes on. Who is responsible for this result? I am it’s me. The blame for this catastrophic result can be shared between us all, but the person who decided the line-up, the tactics was me. It was my choice. We tried to do what we could, we did our best – but we came up against a great German team.”
Before the 30th minute mark the score was 5-0. The pro 58,000 Brazilian at the stadium fell silent, as the only thing that could be heard besides a handful of German players and fans celebrating, was the sound of crying fans at the Estádio Mineirão.
The first goal for Germany came at the 10th minute, after Brazil had shown some early aggressive play by making the Eagles goalie Manuel Neuer make two saves in the early stages. However, the game would change when midfielder Toni Kroos delivered a perfect pass from a corner.
The ball floated into the heart of the penalty box, and Germany’s leading goal scorer of the World Cup Thomas Müller would be at the right place to hammer in the bouncing ball into the back of the net to give the Eagles the early 1-0 lead. The 24-year-old forward would get his fifth goal of the tournament, and become the youngest player in World Cup history to score 10 goals so quickly in his World Cup career.
After Brazil went down panic began to creep in, as the Canarinho could not muster an attack on the Germans. Die Mannschaft or also known as “The Team” was starting to flex their muscles on the short handed Brazilian squad. Twelve minutes later the Germans would add to the lead, while at the same time exhibiting “joga bonito”; Kroos received the ball at the top of the box, and then sent a crisp pass to Müller.
The Bayer Munich forward was at the box; he then quickly gave a tip pass to a cutting Miroslav Klose, who was overlapping the 24-year-old forward to the inside of the box. The German forward gathered the ball and took a shot but the Brazilian goalkeeper Júlio César was able to block it. However, he could not control it and Klose recovered the ball and took the shot again, and this time he made it 2-0 lead at the 22th minute.
With that goal Klose made history by becoming the all time leading goal scorer in World Cup history by scoring his 16 goal in four World Cups, and surpassing from Brazilian great Ronaldo.
With a 2-0 lead the floodgates opened and Brazil fell apart to the eminence German pressure. Two minutes later, Germany made it 3-0 with a low hard shot from Kroos at the 24th minute. Eagles Captain Philipp Lahm sent a low cross into the box, from the right side of the field. Müller took a swing at the ball, but he missed; the ball bounced in the penalty box, where five Brazilian players were rooted to the ground and watching the play bounce. Kroos made a run into the box and smashed the ball to the bottom left hand corner of the net to give the Germans control of the game.
Brazil restarted the game for a third time, and before the cameras could stop showing the replay of the third goal, Kroos had stolen the ball from Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, who was standing right outside box. Kroos immediately did a give and a go with midfielder Sami Khedira.
The Bayer Munich midfielder got the ball back inside the box and blasted a low hard shot to bottom left hand corner of the net to give Brazil a 4-0 lead at the 25th minute.
At the age of 24, Kroos celebrated his 50th cap for Germany with two goals and an assist plus being awarded the Budweiser player of the match from FIFA.
“After we scored the first, the goals kept coming,” Kroos told FIFA.com after the victory. “Had someone had said we’d have won 7-1 I wouldn’t have believed them, but I thought we were outstanding, that’s all I can say. We’re here to become world champions, we’re happy and relieved to go through – but there’s still one game to go. No-one has won the World Cup in a semi-final.”
The goal scoring party was not over for Germany and the nightmare for Brazil was nowhere near completed. Four minutes later the Eagles made it 5-0, defender Mats Hummels controlled the ball right behind the center of the field. With acres of space in front of him, Hummels took off and started to run down the center of the field.
It was not until he got 20 steps away from the penalty box that a Brazilian challenged him for the ball, Hummels made a slide tackling pass, when temporary Brazilian Captain David Luiz came close of stealing the ball from the German mobile center back.
The pass from Hummels found Khedira who received the ball right outside the box, he ran with the ball towards the Brazilian goal.
He then dished the ball out to a cutting Klose, who was coming from the left hand side of the box. The veteran forward got the ball in the box and was confronted from by two Brazilian defenders, so he passed it back to Khedira who had just entered the PK box. Not wasting anytime the Real Madrid midfielder placed the ball perfectly to the bottom left hand corner, giving Germany the 5-0 lead at 29th minute.
A 19 minute gap saw the Germans crush the Brazilian, by scoring five unanswered goals in that period. The Seleção could never recover from the 5-0 first half score line. As substitute forward André Schürrle came in and scored his second (69th minute) and third (79th minute) goal of the World Cup in a 10 minute gap, and made it 7-0.
However, the Brazilian would not leave the game shutout, as attacking midfielder Oscar would score at the 90th minute. He went on a counter and eluded one defender in the box after receiving a long pass and beating the offside trap. After getting by the German player he blasted the ball to make it 7-1.
“My message for the Brazilian people is this,” Scolari told FIFA.com, and wanted to give the millions of disappointed and heartbroken Brazilians something to look towards, after the melt down in Belo Horizonte. “Please excuse us for this performance. I’m sorry that we weren’t able to get to the final – and we’re going to try to win the third place match. We still have something to play for.”
The Brazilian waits to see who they will be facing in the third place match on Saturday, July 12 at the Estádio Nacional at Brasilia.
Germany is now 90 minutes away from winning their fourth World Cup title, and the first one since the 1990 World Cup that took place Italy. The German Coach Joachim Low preaches to his players to keep a level head after their 7-1 thrashing of the host nation on Tuesday.
“Everyone did their jobs incredibly well and with total concentration. We played well going forward and combined superbly.” The 54-year-old German coach told FIFA.com. “A bit of humility would also be very good and we need to be careful that we stay concentrated on Sunday.”
Highlights to this match can be seen on this link http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=intl:1940217, video provided by ESPN FC.