Germany completely embarrassed the host nation of Brazil in the first semifinal of the 2014 World Cup by a score of 7-1. The match in Belo Horizonte became all Germany early on when Thomas Mueller scored the first and they were able to add four more goals before 30 minutes had passed. The home fans were visibly distraught as their dreams of a World Cup win on home soil faded with every German attack.
The first half of the match in Belo Horizonte was completely dominated by Germany as Brazil let in five goals in a matter of 20 minutes. The match started with the hosts coming out frantically and a little out of control and the European side looked fine with letting them come out that way as they eased into the match. The hosts looked so determined to get the first goal that it may have hurt them because Germany was able to settle in and attack them on the counter. The first goal came off of a corner that came from a ferocious counter attack after Brazil lost the ball in the midfield, which became a pattern for them throughout the first half. Thomas Mueller was left alone at the far post and calmly finished it under Julio Cesar’s legs for his fifth goal of this World Cup. The loss of Thiago Silva showed in the conceding of the first goal and would continue to show through the first 45 minutes.
The second goal was a record breaker as Miroslav Klose put away his 16th goal in World Cups, breaking the record previously held by the Brazilian Ronaldo. Some great passing from Tony Kroos and Mueller led to Klose being open right in front of net and his first shot was saved but the rebound came right back to him as he buried it to break the World Cup goal scoring record.
After Klose made it 2-0 the onslaught began as Germany poured in three more goals in the next four minutes. Kroos put away the third as Phillip Lahm’s cross was missed by Mueller and found its way to him and he finished it very calmly. Less than a minute later Kroos got his brace as Luiz Gustavo lost the ball badly in his own third and Kroos picked it up and passed back and forth with Sami Khedira who left it for Kroos to easily finish. Only a few minutes later Khedira made it 5-0 after Mesut Ozil pulled it back beautifully for him to finish easily. The goal scoring outburst was not just because of Germany’s ability to find space and exploit it, but because Brazil seemed incapable of closing anyone down in defense. The loss of Silva was very evident as there was no leadership or organization in Brazil’s back line. Even Germany would not have expected to be able to dominate quite like they did in the first half as they made a mockery of Brazil.
Brazil was forced to come out in the second half and throw all their men forward to try to get some goals and make it a competitive match. They showed glimpses of being able to at least get one goal early in the second half as both Oscar and Paulinho had great chances that were saved by Manuel Neuer. Neuer was enormous even with the score already out of hand, as he showed no desire to let the hosts get even a consolation goal. Germany was almost able to get a sixth through Mueller in the 61st minute when Julio Cesar had to make a great save to keep out a shot headed for the top left corner of the net.
Early in the second half it at least seemed as if Brazil were playing with some sort of passion that they failed to show in the entire first half. That passion began to fade in the 69th minute when Phillip Lahm was again able to find yards of space in the box and Andre Schurrle finished his low cross easily. Schurrle got his brace and his team’s seventh goal in the 79th minute when he took a great touch and finished beautifully in the top of the net as they continued to embarrass the Brazilians. Oscar was able to put away a consolation goal in the 90th minute to make the score 7-1, in the end it did not matter but it at least gave the homes fans something to cheer.
All match long the space given to Germany by Brazil was enormous and it seemed as if Brazil had no idea how to close down any attacker. The Brazilian defense was a complete embarrassment all match long and the score line accurately reflected that. For as much credit as the Europeans should get for their domination, the hosts should get as much credit for an appalling defensive performance. This match will go down in history as one of the most unexpected results ever in a World Cup and especially because it came in a semifinal.
All of Brazil knew that beating Germany would be very difficult, but no one could have seen a 7-1 loss coming their way. The hosts were completely outclassed and embarrassed by a visibly better team in the Germans. The losses of Neymar and Thiago Silva were huge but no two players could have turned this result in their favor. With their performance in this match Brazil deserved to be beaten and the Germans now look poised to win the World Cup whomever they face in the final.
Commentary By Max Petkevicius
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