A ruthless Germany hammered hosts Brazil 7-1 in their world cup semi final game in Belo Horizonte.
Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle grabbed braces, whilst Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose, and Sami Khedira grabbed lone strikes. Oscar got the consolation for Brazil a little too late to be of any good to anyone.
The two world superpowers met for the chance to pick up the sole ticket for the final, Brazil on the hunt for their sixth title, Germany their fourth.
The build up to the game had been dominated by Neymar’s injury which ruled him out of the tournament, and Brazil appeared fired up to get the job done even without their poster boy in attendance. Defender Thiago Silva was also missing the game through suspension.
The game started at a pleasant pace, with no inkling of the unpleasant events about to unfold for the capacity filled crowd in the Estadio Mineiro.
The 11th minute was the beginning of the decimation to come, a Kroos corner evading the entire Brazilian defence to an unmarked Muller who easily tapped in.
Brazil was shell shocked, and what followed was a master class in counter attacking football such as only Die Mannschaft could serve.
First off was Klose, who got the ball off Muller from a neat little through ball from Kroos. Cesar saved the first effort, but Klose scored the rebound for his record breaking 16th world cup goal.
Kroos turned scorer, bagging a brace in the 24 and 26th minutes, before Khedira wrapped up the early riot. Within the span of ten minutes, Germany scored four unanswered goals, leaving the score at 5-0 by the 30th minute.
The events unfolding were stunning, Brazil looking like zombies as Germany ran rout over them on the break again and again. By the 30th minute fans had already begun trooping out of the stadium, seemingly inconsolable at the ensuing proceedings.
Brazil never recovered for the rest of the half, Germany comfortably riding out the time. Luis Felipe Scholari brought on Paulinho at the beginning of the second half to try to stop the haemorrhaging of his midfield.
Brazil came out a little improved for the second half, carving some chances for themselves but Neuer retained his edge, denying Brazil at several occassions. Ramires, Oscar, and Paulinho all fell into great positions, but Neuer saved each one with aplomb, keeping his side’s clean sheet intact.
After Brazil’s good spell yielded nothing, Germany came back into the game, and showed the ruthless edge Brazil lacked with two clinical goals to send the scoreline to 7-0.
Substitute Andre Schurrle grabbed both goals; his second in the 79th minute a sublime one time volley that went in off the underside of the post.
Ozil should have made it 8-0 a minute from time, but the Madrid playmaker shot wide after another break left Brazil wide open.
Oscar grabbed a consolation for Brazil, but it was too late to be of any good to anyone, the crown greeting the goal with boos.
The whistle went off not long after, putting Brazil out of their misery as Germany advanced to the final, Brazil suffering the most embarrassing exit of any world cup host in history.