Brazil got humiliated in their own tournament by losing 1-7 to Germany in the semifinal match in Belo Horizonte. This match broke all records, nothing like this has ever happened in the World Cup, and the Brazilians are now the owners of the worst World Cup humiliation in history. The Brazilian defensive positioning was laughable, and since the German offensive movement is the best in the world, this mismatch made this result possible. The Brazilians wish they never made the bid to host this tournament.
Thomas Muller opened the scoring in the 11th minute after a set piece, and the 0-1 was already a surprise as Brazil were slightly favored to win this one despite not having injured Neymar and suspended Thiago Silva, their main players. The match was pretty normal until the disaster struck. Miroslav Klose became the best goalscorer in World Cup history with his 16th goal, in the 23rd minute, and this raised eyebrows. Toni Kroos made it 0-3 only a minute later and scored for 0-4 in the 26th minute, Sami Khedira making it 0-5 in the 29th. That was it, Brazil were in disbelief as Germany dismantled them before the half-hour mark. The torture went on but no more goals were scored in this half.
Brazil ran out in the second half determined to do something about this match instead of being the victim of torture for another 45 minutes, and after accepting open play at first, the Germans slowly started relaxing and falling back. Still, whenever they had the ball in the Brazilian half it looked like a counter attack - although it wasn't - and that's how poor Brazilian defensive positioning was. The defenders would keep moving around in silly fashion to open up space for the Germans. Brazil have had several notable goalscoring chances, two or three of them in rapid succession, but their offensive players don't deserve to be in the World Cup, let alone in the Brazil team. Andre Schurrle came as a substitute and brought new energy, he scored for 0-6 in the 69th minute, making it 0-7 in the 79th. Eventually Brazil managed to score for 1-7 in the 90th minute, but it seemed Boateng had mercy on Brazil and allowed Oscar to score.
Brazil now hosted two tournaments and both times they suffered a national tragedy. In 1950 Uruguay won the final match 2-1 despite Brazil leading 0-1 until the 66th minute with a team hugely favored to win the title. The event was dubbed Maracanazo, The Maracana Blow. Now this is an even worse one and it remains to be seen how will this one go down in Brazilian history. It is a national tragedy.
Brazil (4-2-3-1): Julio Cesar 5.5 - Maicon 4, Dante 3.5, Luiz 3.5, Marcelo 5 - Gustavo 3.5, Fernandinho 3.5 (46' Paulinho 5.5) - Hulk 5 (46' Ramires 5), Oscar 5, Bernard 5 - Fred 4 (69' Willian unrated). Coach Luis Felipe Scolari 3.
Germany (4-3-3): Neuer 7 - Lahm 7, Boateng 7, Hummels 7 (46' Mertesacker 6.5), Höwedes 6.5 - Khedira 8 (76' Draxler), Schweinsteiger 7, Kroos 9 - Müller 7.5, Klose 8 (58' Schürrle 8), Özil 8. Coach Joachim Löw 10.
Goals: 90' Oscar / 11' Müller, 23' Klose, 24' 26' Kroos, 29' Khedira, 69' 79' Schürrle
Referee: Marco Rodriguez (Mexico) 6.5
Man of the match: Toni Kroos (GER) 9
Brazil vs Germany – Half Time Report
From before the kick-off, the World wondered who would step up and fill the Brazilian boots of the injured Neymar and the suspended Silva. Within a few minutes of starting it was clear that Brazil couldn't fill the lost players places with a similar quality and the Germans had already decided to take full advantage.
The Germans opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a goal from Mueller, unmarked on the six-yard-box.
The Brazilian team looked disjointed and the German's football was flowing with a strong structure.
From the 23rd minute there was 6 minutes of madness that effectively killed off the Brazilian dream. A dream of winning the World Cup in their own country. A dream of filling the entire country of Brazil with pride.
Klose made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute and was quickly followed a minute later with Kroos with a beautiful strike with his left foot from outside the box.
A quick one-two between Kroos and Khedira saw Kroos slotting away number 4 for Germany in the 26th minute and this was quickly followed in the 29th minute when Khedira made it 5-0 against a now humbled Brazil and a tearful Brazilian support.
The rest of the first half carried on Germany's way and at times the match looked more like a testimonial with Brazil unable to respond to any break from the strong German team. The Germans happy to knock the ball to each other with little retaliation from Brazil.
A despondent Brazil look now to redeem themselves but it's going to be an uphill struggle and the way the match has gone so far, you have to suspect they'd be happy not to lose any more goals. The humiliated side were booed off the pitch when the half-time whistle blew. It just goes to show how reliant on Neymar and Silva that the Brazilian team are. A terribly poor and embarrassing showing from the hosts.
Will the ruthless German team add to their tally in the second half?
Brazil haven't lost at home for 12 years and their biggest loss was 6-0 to Uruguay in 1929. Could this be the night where records are broken?
Brazil have reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 2002 when they have won the title against Germany in the final. The favorite became the underdog after Neymar got injured and now Brazil will have to do it the hard way. A big team is on the opposite side for the first time in this tournament for Brazil, and the Germans haven't been spectacular but they kept winning and winning. Germany don't have any injury or suspension issues but they are exhausted by their own admission. Will Brazil finally meet their match or will they deliver an inspired performance and play in the final?
Apart from Neymar's injury, the suspension of captain Thiago Silva is another problem and Dante will join David Luiz in central defence. It's still not clear will Luis Felipe Scolari opt for a formation with one extra midfielder or will he replace Neymar with offensive-minded Willian or Bernard. The Brazilians are in a trance, wanting to win this one for Neymar and for their country. They have been motivated since the start of the tournament but this time the inspiration really kicks in.
Germany have played a good tournament although Joachim Low is being heavily criticized for his tactical decisions. Even when Germans would progress through the knockout round, the media would ask the victors do they think they performed badly. The mood in this team isn't the best, the Germans are under a lot of negative pressure. While Brazil have learned to thrive under immense pressure and the incredible burden of expectations, Germany can do no such thing. They're about to play against Brazil and their own country doesn't believe in them.
Joachim Low experimented with his lineup quite a bit in this tournament, most notably fielding Philipp Lahm as the sole defensive midfielder, but against France he reverted to the standard 4-2-3-1 formation with Lahm as a right back. He will likely do the same here. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira have played a very good tournament but Low says they're exhausted and that he doesn't know can they play anymore. They will likely be in the lineup but it wouldn't be surprising to see them look unrecognizable on the pitch.
Germany have a poor head to head record against Brazil, they have only won the 2011 friendly which was played in Stuttgart. Other than that, no matter how good the German generation was and how average the Brazilian generation was, Brazil would have the edge in the meeting. And all matches have been very entertaining.
This match is played in Belo Horizonte, where the weather is pleasant, and Marco Rodriguez from Mexico will be the referee. He is generous with yellow and red cards, and is not among the top referees in the world but is instead covering up for his inadequacies by issuing cards. We can expect him to do the same in this match. Joachim Low warned him against giving Brazil a licence to kick and shove like Carballo did against Colombia.
The match starts at 17.00 local time, 21.00 UK time.
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