Sublime Germany stun the world with rout of Brazil

Tue Jul 8, 2014 7:46pm EDT
 
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By Mike Collett

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - Germany inflicted the most shocking result in World Cup history when they crushed hosts Brazil 7-1 in a semi-final that brought grief to millions of home fans and caused utter astonishment around the world on Tuesday.

The inspired Germans scored five goals in 18 first-half minutes to re-write the record books as Brazil's defense caved in to leave their dreams of a sixth world title in tatters.

It was Brazil's record World Cup defeat, their first at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975 and was the first time they had lost by six goals in any match since Uruguay beat them 6-0 in the Copa America in 1920.

It was also the biggest ever victory in a World Cup semi-final and German striker Miroslav Klose became the tournament's highest scorer of all time with his 16th World Cup goal to move one clear of Brazilian Ronaldo.

The only survivor in either squad from the 2002 World Cup final when Brazil beat Germany in Yokohama, the 36-year-old Klose can add to that record when Germany aim to become world champions for the fourth time against Argentina or the Netherlands in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

The defeat ended Brazil's dreams of winning a first World Cup on home soil to bury the ghost of their 1950 final defeat by Uruguay which entered Brazilian culture as the "Maracanazo" the tragedy of the Maracana.

This defeat can just as easily be described as the "Mineirazo", although this humiliation was far worse.

After a brief 10-minute spell when Brazil looked dangerous down the left flank, they began wobbling when Thomas Mueller opened the scoring after 11 minutes when he stole away from his marker David Luiz and volleyed home.   Continued...

 
Germany's players celebrate after their teammate Miroslav Klose (2nd L) scored his team's second goal against Brazil during their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014.   REUTERS/David Gray