The first of the Round of 4, and Brazil would host Germany. The last time Germany lost to a South American side, it was the 2002 World Cup Final vs Brazil. Neymar and Silva were unavailable, Bernard and Dante replaced them. Germany started with Klose leading the line, who was looking to make history. What followed at Belo Horizonte, was astounding. It was the worst performance seen in Brazil since Pitbull’s opening ceremony, with Germany blasting Brazil to smithereens with a 7-1 win.
The first have began with Germany on top of things from attack to defence, showing their true class. They were right at Brazil’s throat from the start and Brazil struggled to make space. It seemed like goals would be plenty and we had to wait only 11 minutes. A Kroos corner was missed by everyone but Thomas Muller, who very effortlessly volleyed it past a stunned Julio Cesar. He got his 5th goal in this World Cup and 10th overall. Germany were now in control, but the real Germans were yet to come. A few minutes later, we witnessed history. Miroslav Klose’s first attempt was blocked out, only for him to finish it into the back of the net, and score his 16th goal in World Cup Finals, surpassing Ronaldo Lima. A minute later, Kroos made it 3-0 and then 4-0. Germany ran rampant. There were only 179 seconds separating the 2nd and the 4th goal, so one can imagine how good the Germans were attacking, or how badly Brazil missed Thiago Silva. They were all over the place, misplaying passes, running with no aim and defending in a sloppy manner. Sami Khedira made it 5 within the 30-minute mark to completely annihilate Brazil. Brazil had become a shadow of the side we had seen through the tournament. Fred was invisible as usual and Bernard was a laughable replacement for Neymar, who could not have done much either. Brazil had conceded 5 goal in a World Cup for the first time since 1938. They were completely hammered. The last team to score 5 goals in a World Cup semifinal, ironically was Brazil, in 1958. Maicon was their best player, while Kroos was standout. Lahm made a brilliant challenge on Marcelo to deny him a clear sight on goal. Whatever was happening in Belo Horizonte was out of Scolari’s Jewrisdiction, AnneFrankly speaking, there was nothing they could do, except pray that Germany don’t score more goals. At halftime, it was a 5 star Germany who would walk into the dressing, pleased as punch.
The second half was expected to be a continuation of a German blitzkrieg but surprisingly it was Brazil who started brightly. It seemed like they had put their first half horror to bed and were attacking with some hope. Luiz was running and dribbling superbly, but to no avail. Bernard, who replaced Neymar was not doing too well, running aimlessly and not crossing well. Brazil were back in the encounter but they really weren’t, being 5 goals down. If this were a boxing match, it would have been stopped long ago. Neuer rescued Germany a number of times, denying Paulinho in a stunning double save. Record holder was brought off just before the hour mark for Chelsea striker Andre Schurrle was brought on. Andre Schurrle went on to to win the set for Germany and make it 6-0 with a neat finish. His 6th touch of the game. Many Germans would have wanted Muller to score that goal, but alas! Schurrle beat him to it. A while later, he put Germany 7Up. A brilliant first touch to get himself going, he swiftly swung his boot and blasted the ball past a hapless and helpless Julio Cesar. Germany had made a mockery of Brazil and they were strutting on the pitch. We don’t have proper superlatives to describe the performance. The Brazilians would have the last before bowing out. Oscar scored a goal and finally put the ball past Manuel Neuer but is wasn’t even consolation for Brazil, who were understandably downbeat.
At the end of the game, it was a beautiful score line for the Germans at the Beautiful Horizon. It was the worst ever defeat inflicted on Brazil ever. As Jack Humphrey rightly tweeted, it wasn’t about missing 2 key players or Germany’s ruthlessness, it was about Sunday league defending. The Brazilians were humiliated in their own backyard, it was shocking. We haven’t seen/heard of Germany demolishing a country so badly since World War 2. Germany have lots to look forward too, and by scoring so many goals they affirmed the fact that they are favourites in the tournament and are definitely the team to beat this time. In fact, they beat Brazil harder than what Chris Brown beats Rihanna. Joachim Low has finally reached the finals and it was heavily deserved. The way Germany played, it seemed the Holland – Spain game was a downward cousin.. We are astounded at the result and we cannot wait to see what happens in the final with Germany awaiting the winner of Argentina vs Netherlands.
FIFA/Our Man Of The Match:Toni Kroos
Our Predicted Man To Watch Out For, grabbed two goals inside two first-half minutes, as well as playing a vital role in Germany’s economic use of the ball and transitions upfield. Picked up an assist too.
Flop Of The Match: Fred
Very rarely do you see football fans booing their own players but with the performance Fred put in, we’re not surprised. He offered nothing as a lone striker, as his lack of physicality left him wanting against solid opponents.