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World Cup 2014: Germany annihilate Brazil 7-1, enter final

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Belo Horizonte (Brazil), July 8:Three-time champions Germany demolished five-time champions and hosts Brazil 7-1 in the first semi-final of the 2014 Fifa World Cup at the Estadio Mineirao here to make their eighth final till date. The Europeans sealed the game within 29 minutes in the first half by pumping in five goals to send the entire stadium into mourning.

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For Brazil, who were playing without their star player Neymar, it was an emotionally charged occasion. The men in yellow even flaunted Neymar's No. 10 jersey during the national anthem but the 22-year-old's absence was thoroughly missed after his team took the field. Brazil found the net in the 90th minute via an Oscar kick but by then they had already digested seven.

It was Brazil's worst-ever defeat in a football match since the 0-6 drubbing in the hand of Uruguay 94 years ago.

The German Blitzkrieg began in the 11th minute Thomas Muller scored his fifth goal of the tournament, inching closer to Colombia's James Rodriguez in the race for the Golden Boot. In the next 18 minutes, the Germans left the Brazilian defence in the ruins by pumping in four more goals to virtually seal the fate of the game. Miroslav Klose scored his record 16th goal in the 23rd minute while Tony Kroos scored in the 24th and 26th minute. Sami Khedira made it 5-0 in the 29th minute. The two teams went into the break with Selcao fans left stunned and shocked.

Andre Schuerrle scored again for the Germans in the 69th and 79th minutes to make it 7-0. Brazil pulled one back in the 90th minute through Oscar, who scored his second of the tournament.

While Germany took a sweet revenge of their 0-2 loss in the final of the 2002 edition, for Brazil it was a day of national shame and mourning. The team looked pedestrian in the park with ineffective offence and an almost non-existent defence. The absence of captain Thiago Silva, who faced suspension, along with Neymar meant that Brazil had very little to offer as Plan B.

Bralzil's pain was perhaps doubled by the fact that Klose's 16th goal helped him eclipse Brazil's Ronaldo as the highest scorer in the World Cup.

Klose became the highest scorer in World Cup history with his 16th strike today, surpassing Brazil legend Ronaldo's 15 goals. He also became the only player in history to play in four World Cup semifinals.

Brazil's jinx continued at the World Cup at home even after 64 years. In 1950, the last time the South American nation had hosted the tournament, Uruguay became the champions after they beat the hosts in a crucial game at the Maracana Stadium, leaving the football-lovers in a state of shock. The national tragedy called Maracanazo still plays a part in Brazilian psyche and only time will tell how much impact Tuesday's thrashing will have on football's most successful side.

Germany will play against the winner of Argentina versus Netherlands in the second semifinal to be played on Wednesday. Brazil will play the loser of that game for the third-place decider.

Oneindia News

Story first published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 2:42 [IST]
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