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Brazil 1-7 Germany: FIFA World Cup 2014 Semi-Final

Brazil 1-7 Germany: FIFA World Cup 2014 Semi-Final

Brazil "cracked up" during Tuesday's stunning 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat by Germany, according to victorious coach Joachim Low.

Brazil 1-7 Germany

Brazil 1-7 Germany

The three-time winners scored on five occasions in the first half – including four in six minutes – as they inflicted Brazil’s biggest World Cup loss.

Brazil’s players mourned the absence of the injured Neymar before kick-off, but captain Thiago Silva was an even bigger loss. The result was their first competitive home defeat in 39 years, and the end of their hopes of making it to the World Cup final at the iconic Maracana on Sunday.

“Scoring three in four minutes the hosts were in shock,” said Low.

“We were extremely cool and realised they were cracking up, and we took advantage of that.”

Low, whose Germany side lost 1-0 to Spain in the 2010 semi-final, added: “We had a clear, persistent game-plan and if we were courageous and believed in our own strengths, we would win this match.

He may have won a crucial penalty for his team in their opening win against Croatia and scored in the 4-1 win over Cameroon, but when things fell apart against Germany, they were quickly forgotten.

He was booed by the Brazil fans in Belo Horizonte before Luiz Felipe Scolari took him off in what appeared to be a mercy substitution.

“That the result would be so emphatic was not to be expected.”

Low then turned his attention to Sunday’s final, where Germany will either meet either Argentina or Netherlands, who play each other on Wednesday.

“We’ve won this match. We’re in the final of the FIFA World Cup, against a different opponent,” he said.

“We were lucky that the hosts were shell-shocked. Now we must prepare well for the final.”

Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller said his side’s thrashing of Brazil was “totally crazy”.

“We can’t run away with ourselves,” said the 24-year-old, who opened the scoring in the 11th minute, before Miroslav Klose struck to become the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer.

“Just as it was said that we were finished after the Algeria game, now we’ll be praised to the heavens. We haven’t reached our goal yet.”

Muller called for his team-mates to put their “heart and soul” into one more game – the World Cup final on Sunday.

“Of course, we didn’t expect that score,” he said. “But you can see how different games can go.

“Brazil reacted differently and moved forward fast when they won the ball, which left more space than you get against defence-minded teams.

“We used that until the middle of the first half and, at some point, the opponent has to break.”

4 Comments

  1. Sorry for Brazil team that they ended a devastating loss to a more organized Germans. The host team may did their best but their defense was shattered and the German team took advntage of this handicap. Moreover, the German Goulee did a superb defense that every attempt of any best Brazilian player was foiled. Its a nightmare but to Brazilian Team, let the burning passion and spirit goes on to reclaim soccer dominance. There is still World Cup in four years time, so train, play hard and return with vengeance.

  2. There are many factors for the collapse of Brazil defence n goalkeeping. But I think the absence of Neymar n Silva allows the Germans to push aggressively to the front without worry. Tje Germans were fantastically coordinated n accurate. no doubt about it.
    Brazil, the fight for 3 position would be tough either against Holland or Argentina. But fight you must. Good luck Host.

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  4. Brazil got the biggest loss in its history when they mauled by a rampant Germany in the first semi final. Hosts Brazil suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in World Cup history as Germany scored five times in the first half in reaching the final. Thomas Muller volleyed home following a corner before Miroslav Klose swept in to become the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer with his 16th goal.

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