Last night’s hotly-anticipated World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany was supposed to be a tense battle between two of the best sides in international football. However, we saw a German master-class resulting in a one-sided humiliating 7-1 defeat for the Samba boys. The last time both these sides met in a World Cup was 12 years ago in the final, when Germany lost by two goals thanks to the heroics of Ronaldo Fenomino.
It was a night when records were broken. Dynamic Bayern Munich and German forward Thomas Muller broke the deadlock with his first goal in just 11 minutes. After veteran striker Miroslav Klose failed to score against France in the quarter-finals the 36-year-old created history by scoring his 16th World Cup goal in the 23rd minute, beating Brazilian Ronaldo’s record.
Germany was in top form blasting a total of five goals in a span of 29 minutes. Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos netted twice followed by Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira. The game was already over when the whistle blew for half time. Brazil’s defense was in utter chaos and their fans could not hold back the tears.
In the second half, Chelsea’s André Schürrle added two brilliant goals for Germany. A consolation goal from Schürrle’s Chelsea teammate Brazilian midfielder Oscar came with little to no celebration in the 90th minute.
This was certainly not the way Brazil intended for things to go. In their defense, they were without two key players – the talented Barcelona forward Neymar and Brazil Captain Thiago Silva. It is possible Luiz Felipe Scolari had designed the formation to suit Neymar’s strengths up front, but in his absence, he was unable to adjust it to suit Fred.
Vice-Captain David Luiz was poor at the back and unable to cope with the German onslaught. At the close of the match, the Brazilian side looked shell-shocked. The players were shown praying and feeling sorry for their ever-loyal supporters, that up until last night had backed them all the way.
This was Brazil’s biggest drubbing in the World Cup as well as their first home ‘spanking’ in 39 years. According to BBC Sport, Scolari blames himself for the colossal loss since he was responsible for the team selection, tactics and formation.
It just goes to show that matches are won on team effort and not individual brilliance alone. A lot of hopes were pinned on Neymar and without him, Brazil were just a different team that cracked under the pressure.
The Germans looked confident and are now the hot favorites for gold at the Maracanã Stadium final in Rio de Janeiro on July 13th.