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Germany hammer hosts Brazil 7-1, yes 7-1, to make record eighth World Cup final

Jul 8, 2014, 5:51 PM EDT

Germany won the cup, and came top in plenty of categories. AP

Hosts Brazil crashed out of the World Cup at the semifinal stage on Tuesday, as they were hammered 7-1 by Germany in what has to be one of the most one-sided matches, and most shocking defeats, in World Cup history.

The defeat was Brazil’s worst in World Cup history and their heaviest defeat in all competitions for 94 years. The home fans stood stunned as Germany blitzed Brazil during a rampant 18-minute spell in the first half where they scored five times.

Germany scored early and often in the first half of the semifinal as Miroslav Klose became the leading World Cup scorer in history, Thomas Muller got his fifth of the tournament and Toni Kroos bagged a brace in two minutes. Then Sami Khedira scored to make it 5-0 within the first 30 minutes.

[ VIDEO: Watch all seven goals for Germany ]

[ VIDEO: Klose breaks WC scoring record ]

Brazilian fans were in the midst of their worst nightmare and they couldn’t wake up from it as substitute Andre Schurrle added another two goals in the second half as Brazil lost a competitive game on home soil for the first-time since 1975. Oscar scored late on to make it 7-1 as Brazil went out of the World Cup in humiliation. Germany tore them apart time and time again with incisive attacks but Brazil’s shocking defending was their downfall. Brazil gave up halfway through as manager Luis Felipe Scorlai looked on in horror.

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The Selecao had never given up four goals in a single World Cup match, let alone seven. A stunned stadium in Belo Horizonte stood in silence as Joachim Low’s German juggernaut powered past the hosts and set up a World Cup final against Argentina or the Netherlands on Sunday.

It will be Germany’s eight World Cup final, a new FIFA record, in which they will be aiming to win their first title since 1990 and their fourth all-time.

source: AP

German players couldn’t believe their luck as Brazil imploded.

It was a pulsating start in Belo Horizonte but Germany started to put their foot on the ball and cause Brazil’s defense problems. Plenty of problems soon turned into plenty of goals.

The German offense clicked ominously into place in the 11th minute as Muller bagged his fifth goal of the tournament (his tenth all-time at the World Cup) after some sloppy early defending from Brazil’s defense. Muller lost his man, David Luiz, then steadied himself as Toni Kroos‘ corner was swung in, before volleying home from six-yards out. The home crowd fell silent. Losing an early goal like this was not in the script.

Brazil tried to get going and Marcelo looked for a penalty kick in the 16th minute but Phillip Lahm timed his tackle perfectly in the box. A small ruckus ensued as both teams were fired up from the get-go.

However more holes continued to open up as Germany battered Brazil early on and Klose then etched his name into the record books. A flowing move saw Kroos play in Muller, who then back-heeled the ball to Klose who scored at the second attempt to become the all-time leading goalscorer in World Cup history with his 16th goal in 23 games. Kroos then bagged two cool finishes, his first was an absolute beauty from the edge of the box, in the space of two minutes, before Sami Khedira scored in the 29th minute to make it 5-0 and Brazil’s World Cup dreams were in tatters.

It was one of the most remarkable first 45 minutes to any World Cup game in history as Brazil imploded without Neymar and Thiago Silva on the pitch.

After the break Germany sat back and invited Brazilian pressure as a fantastic double save from Manuel Neuer stopped Paulinho but Brazil’s attacks were sporadic and the German defense sniffed them out expertly. Schurrle then replaced the record-breaking Klose and the Chelsea forward bagged two superb strikes to make it 7-0.

The rest of the game played out with Brazilian players walking around in a daze as Germany knocked the ball around. Ozil then missed a great chance and Oscar went up the other end and scored to make it 7-1 in the 90th minute.

Germany are heading to the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro, while Brazil’s players will want to go in hiding for a very, very long time.

This semifinal was one of the most incredible games in World Cup history.


Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, David Luiz, Dante, Marcelo; Bernard, Fernandinho (Paulinho, 45′), Luis Gustavo, Oscar, Hulk (Ramires, 45′), Fred (Willian, 69′)

Goal: Oscar 90′

Germany: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Hummels (Mertesacker, 45′), Hoewedes; Khedira (Draxler, 76′), Schweinsteiger, Kross; Ozil, Klose (Schurrle, 58′), Muller

Goals: Muller 11′, Klose 23′, Kroos 24′ & 26′, Khedira 29′, Schurrle 69′ & 79′

  1. Professor Fate - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    I’m a fan of Germany, but a more competitive match would have been nice. Brasil was exposed in a brutal manner.

  2. godsholytrousers - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Brazil will never ever bid to host a FIFA World Cup, NEVER AGAIN.
    They have created a nightmare for themselves.

  3. pirovash88 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Like lambs to the slaughter, how embarrassing..

  4. gvera7 - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Old fashioned German butt whooping haha

  5. medic0nduty - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    In the words of Matt Doyle, “Maybe now Brazil will have a heart-to-heart with itself and stop producing thugs. Go back to producing soccer players.”

    • mikeevergreen - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      They might want to build an economy first.

  6. stoopidfool - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Brazil would have won with neymar and if hulk knew how to play soccer and if they actually had a goalie and if they could afford last names

  7. stirged - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    They can’t hide too long, they still have a 3rd place match to play.

    If I’m Scolari, I bench the entire back line in the 3rd place match on principle. Then again, you could argue Scolari should be sacked before the next game…it was that bad.

  8. footballer4ever - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:09 PM


  9. reformed2012 - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:16 PM


    • mikeevergreen - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Moderator please delete the above.

  10. gmkr1979 - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    This is payback for the games they shouldn’t have won. I’m still a bit salty about the Colombia game, and I know Colombia is saying a big “Thank you” to Germany for exposing them. If we (Colombia) played Germany, I guarantee the game wouldn’t have been 7-1. We probably would have lost 2-1 or 1-0, but played much better than Brazil did. Congratulations to Germany on a job well done! I’m happy to see you knock Brazil off the way you did. They definitely deserved it!

    • simonkulberg - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Would have been the same either way though,l since the Colombian defense did precisely the same thing to Neymar as Fernandinho did to James. Time for you to take an unpatriotic look at that game I would suggest. Both teams were just as bad.

  11. Professor Fate - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Will the third place game be another embarrassment? Brasil looked completely out of place in this game.

    • godsholytrousers - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      If they play Argentina? No, they’ll come to play.
      If they play the Netherlands? Wow, could be two in a row.

  12. gmkr1979 - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    I’m glad they lost the way they did! They deserved it for fouling their way to this game. I’m still a bit bitter at what happened to us (Colombia), and I guarantee we wouldn’t have flamed out like that. More than likely we would’ve lost, but not that ridiculously. They were humiliated and deserved to be whipped that way. Thank you, Germany, and congratulations!

    • godsholytrousers - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      FIFA’s Pets finally got neutered.

      I’m still angry about 1994 and Leonardo breaking Tab Ramos skull open in the round of 16.
      Brazil are a bunch of dirty thugs, and I don’t understand why FIFA goes to such great lengths to protect them and boost them up. Jogo Bonito my ass.

      • irishmanknowsall - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        Long memories cause war. Let it go. Peace. Shalom. Jack Daniels.

  13. ningenito78 - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Gmkr1979 we got it the first time. Stop whining. Your team lost a game that nobody held them back from winning but themselves.

  14. dannymac17 - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    that was an absolute beat down of epic proportions

  15. Matthew - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Reblogged this on Carolina Mountain Blue and commented:
    Germany’s good but this was simply an old-fashioned, Brazil-got-taken-to-the-woodshed beatdown of epic proportions…

  16. jucam1 - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Maybe they should have reserved the bought and paid for referee for this game? I’m sure the Brazilian Federation is going to appeal to replay the game with Thiago, the cheater ref they used to play against Colombia, and the Germans can only play with 7 players. How dare FIFA allow a fair game against a weak Brazil team that should have lost last round!. What I would be worried about now FIFA and Brazil is the massive rioting that is about to start. $55 Billion spent on several stadiums that will not be used again while the country is in need of that money and the team gets humiliated is going to be a HUGE problem from a security and stability perspective.

  17. 22yearsagotoday - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Watching the slaughter I couldn’t help feeling sorry for Brazilians and envy for Germans. Germany goes into the final a confident bunch.

  18. reformed2012 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    USA could have beat them easily

  19. quackbury - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    National humiliation for every Brazilian. The months leading up to the tournament were filled with news stories about mis-management, infrastructure problems, and economic discontent. A decent showing today (even in defeat) would have allowed the citizens to be at least mildly proud, and given the regime a fighting chance to keep the lid on the pot for 2 more years.

    But this? The country will be in flames, and bankrupt, long before the 2016 Olympics. Is there a precedent for cancelling the Olympics because of an economic and political melt down in the host country? If I was the IOC, I would be scrambling to find an alternate venue.

  20. booger1234 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    I just feel sorry for the fans having to watch that in there own country! Apparently Thiago Silva is a master at organizing that back line! Germany is good but 7-1 good against Brazil? Granted I figured this was Germany’s year but still Brazil came out lazy and had no shape at all. They ball watched and didnt mark up. Sad display of Futbol. Im glad Brazil lost but at least they could have made it a game for the first 30 minutes! LOL

  21. 12is3times4 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    No doubt Brazil fans wish Germany would have at least applied some lube to their Mannschaft.

  22. Steven Keys - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    The “transcend(ental)” nature of any match is measured by the quality of the competiton. Today, that quality was severely lacking on the Brasilian side, for whatever reason(s). This match was not unlike SB48 where the Seahawks (48pts) were probably not quite as good as they appeared, the Broncos not quite as bad (3).

    Hopefully, Mr. Scolari is spared the junior media’s standard query in such crisis (SB48), i.e., ‘Do you find the loss, “embarrassing?”‘

    Congratulations to the German team. They played a blinder.

  23. irishmanknowsall - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Funniest comment on-line anywhere was this one, from yesterday: “there will be five minutes of extra time to make up for (the Brazilian goalie) digging the ball out of the net…”

  24. mikeevergreen - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Germany had waited 12 years for this. They are better than Brazil at beating a team with 11 players but playing without its star. 12 years ago Michael Ballack missed the final against Brazil on yellow-card accumulation. Germany kept its defense back and waited for the counter that never came. Nonetheless, they only lost 2-0. Brazil pushed an issue yesterday that they never should have pushed, that’s why they lost 7-1.

    Offense may win games, but starting your offense from your defense is what wins titles, and Brazil used to be the best at it. Now Germany is.

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