Germany poured in the goals on Tuesday to hand Brazil its heaviest World Cup loss ever with an astounding 7-1 rout in the semi-finals that stunned the host nation.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari (R) consoles midfielder Oscar after losing the semi-final match between Brazil and Germany in Belo Horizonte. (AFP Photo)
Miroslav Klose scored a record-setting 16th career World Cup goal in a five-goal spurt in the first half as Brazil's defense was torn apart.
The Germans reached their eighth final and will face either Argentina or the Netherlands on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Previously, Brazil's biggest World Cup loss was 3-0 to France in the 1998 final. This matched their biggest ever margin of defeat in any competition, equaling a 6-0 loss to Uruguay in 1920 in the South American championship, the predecessor of the Copa America.
"We wanted to make the people happy... unfortunately we couldn't," defender David Luiz said. "We apologize to all Brazilians."
It's also Brazil's first loss in a competitive match on home soil since 1975, when Peru won 3-1 at the very same Mineirao Stadium in the Copa America. Its last loss at home came in a friendly with Paraguay in 2002.Brazil's attack was weakened by the loss of Neymar, who fractured a vertebra after getting kneed in the back in the quarterfinal win over Colombia. But it was Brazil's porous defense that was the biggest problem in the first half as the host also sorely missed suspended captain Thiago Silva.
The Brazil national team holds up Neymar's jersey as they pose before the semi-final match between Brazil and Germany in Belo Horizonte. (AP Photo)
On Tuesday, with Bernard playing as the third striker, Brazil attacked from the start. But they failed to get any solid chances, and it wasn't long before the Germans opened up the defense and started the rout.
Toni Kroos and Andre Schuerrle scored two goals each, while Thomas Mueller and Sami Khedira added the others.
Oscar pulled a late goal back for Brazil.
It was Germany's biggest World Cup win since routing Saudi Arabia 8-0 in a group match in 2002.Klose scored his record goal in the 23rd minute, pushing him past Brazil striker Ronaldo's 15 career World Cup goals. The German had his original shot saved, but he followed up as Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar spilled the ball, easily scoring from the rebound.
Germany striker Miroslav Klose reacts after scoring during the semi-final match between Brazil and Germany. (AFP Photo)
Kroos scored his first goal in the 25th minute, knocking in a cross from Philipp Lahm that bypassed Mueller in the middle. He made it 4-0 a minute later, beating Cesar after a defensive mistake from Fernandinho left the ball on the feet of Khedira.
Mueller scored the first goal, one-timing a corner from Kroos past Cesar in the 11th minute. Khedira made it 5-0 in the 29th, taking a pass from Mesut Ozil and again beating Cesar.
Schuerrle, who came on for Klose in the 58th minute, scored from a cross by Lahm in the 69th, and then knocked a shot off the underside of the crossbar and into the net in the 79th.
It's the first time Brazil had allowed five goals in a World Cup match since the 1938 tournament in France, when the team beat Poland 6-5 in extra time.
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ONE (Thomas Mueller 11')
Brazilians wondered how their team would cope without the injured Neymar, but the absence of captain Thiago Silva, such a reassuring presence at the back, was just as big a blow.
The Brazilian defence was hopelessly exposed at the opening goal, as Toni Kroos floated in a corner from the right and Thomas Mueller found himself completely unmarked at the back post to slot home his fifth goal of the tournament.
However, the movement by Mueller and the German players was intelligent as David Luiz, who should have been marking the goalscorer, found himself blocked off and unable to make a challenge.
TWO (Miroslav Klose 23')
The crumble really began as Fernandinho failed to cut out a pass from the German right, and Kroos and Mueller combined to cut through the middle of the Brazil defence.
Klose collected the ball inside the area and saw his shot from close range blocked by Julio Cesar, but he still reacted the quickest to convert the rebound.
The veteran striker confirmed himself as the greatest poacher in the history of the competition, scoring a record-breaking 16th World Cup goal to move one clear of the Brazilian Ronaldo, compounding the hosts' misery.THREE (Toni Kroos 24')
Almost immediately after the restart, Germany scored again through a combination of poor defending and marvellous finishing.
Nobody cut out Philipp Lahm's low centre in from the German right, and even after Mueller mis-hit his shot, the ball came to Kroos.
The Bayern Munich man's connection, first-time on the half-volley with his left foot from the edge of the area, was marvellous and Julio Cesar could do nothing.FOUR (Toni Kroos 26')
Fernandinho was hopelessly caught in possession just outside his own area, and Kroos and Sami Khedira took advantage to break into the area.
Khedira returned the ball to Kroos, who this time simply could not miss.FIVE (Sami Khedira 29')
The culmination of an extraordinary first-half burst that will go down in history came as Mats Hummels sliced right through the heart of the Brazilian team, riding unchallenged deep into the opposition half.
Germany simply walked the ball into the net this time, with Mesut Ozil providing the assist and Khedira applying the finish.
SIX (Andre Schuerrle 69')
Brazil attacked after the break in a doomed attempt to rescue some pride, but they still had six defenders in their own area when Germany went on to add a sixth goal midway through the second half.
Schuerrle, who had replaced Klose 11 minutes earlier, still found himself in space in the box to convert Lahm's cutback, as Brazil were yet again found wanting on the left-hand side.SEVEN (Andre Schuerrle 79')
Mueller turned provider this time to set up Schuerrle to score again, and his delightful control was followed by an arrowing left-foot shot on the half-volley that beat Julio Cesar and went into the net off the underside of the crossbar.
Oscar's late reply for the hosts was irrelevant, with Brazil already having succumbed to their greatest ever humiliation.
( Photos from AP, AFP, REUTERS)
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