World Cup Semis: Germany Demolishes Brazil 7-1
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Germany national football team humiliated five-time champion Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup semi-final at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday evening.
With superstar Neymar out with a fractured vertebrate and captain Thiago Silva suspended, Thomas Mueller began the rout with only 11 minutes gone.
In the 23rd minute, Miroslav Klose made history of his own with his 16th World Cup goal to become the tournament's all-time sole top scorer.
Toni Kroos was in target twice in 24th and 26th. Sami Khedira made it 5-0 three minutes later.
German substitute Andre Schuerrle struck twice in 69th and 79th minutes before Oscar scored a last-minute goal that was of little consolation to Brazil, who had waited 64 years to try to bury the ghost of their 1950 final home defeat by Uruguay.
“We ask for forgiveness. I'm responsible for what the team does out on the pitch - and I am to blame for this result,” Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said.
“They were better than us. They prepared better. They played better,” conceded Brazil captain David Luiz.
“It's a very sad day but it's also a day from which to learn.”
Germany will face either Argentina or the Netherlands at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium after its stunning show of power.