BELO HORIZONTE: Brazil’s World Cup dream was smashed into oblivion as majestic Germany ran riot to win an extraordinary semi-final 7-1 and send the South American hosts crashing to their worst ever defeat in their 100-year footballing history.
Sixty-four years after Brazil was plunged into national mourning after their loss in the 1950 final, the hosts were torn apart in a defeat likely to be every bit as traumatic as the fabled “Maracanazo. “Germany advanced to Sunday’s final in the Maracana after a brilliant first-half blitz which included a burst of four goals in six devastating minutes.
Thomas Mueller opened the scoring on 11 minutes, punishing poor Brazilian marking at a corner to make it 1-0.
Brazil, badly missing suspended captain Thiago Silva, tried to regroup but there was no respite.
Miroslav Klose’s cool finish on 23 minutes – which made him the World Cup’s all-time top-scorer with 16 goals – was the cue for the floodgates to open.
Toni Kroos struck twice in the 24th and 26th minutes to make it 4-0 and then Sami Khedira rounded off another clinical move to make it 5-0 on 29 minutes.
Dead and buried inside half an hour, the crowd at the Mineirao Stadium was stunned intosilence.
Many fans burst into tears as they struggled to comprehend the enormity of what had taken place.
After the fifth goal, well before half-time, hundreds of people left their expensive seats.
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