Major sporting upsets of 2014

Fri Dec 19, 2014 2:31pm EST
 
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By Toby Davis

LONDON (Reuters) - Five major sporting upsets in 2014:

1. Brazil suffer 7-1 World Cup humiliation against Germany

"Historic Disgrace" screamed the Folha de S.Paulo's headline, as a shocked nation digested a 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat by Germany on home soil.

While many pundits had speculated that this Brazil side lacked the sparkle of previous vintages, nobody predicted they would suffer perhaps the greatest shame in their illustrious footballing past.

Germany inflicted a swift and sudden demise, taking a 5-0 lead after 29 minutes in front of a stunned audience at Belo Horizonte's Mineirao stadium.

Perhaps out of sympathy, Joachim Loew's eventual champions lifted their foot off the gas and coasted home, scoring just twice more in the second half, before Oscar made an apologetic mark on the scoreboard for Brazil in the 90th minute.

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Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari (L) gestures to Bernard during their 2014 World Cup semi-final against Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray