Brazil 1 – 7 Germany
Netherlands 0 – 0 Argentina (2-4 Pens)
Star Performers: Javier Mascherano, Sergio Romero, Ron Vlaar, Oscar, Toni Kroos. and Manuel Neuer.
Flops: Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Fred, Fernandinho, Maicon and Bruno Martins Indi.
Brazil vs Germany
It was Brazil’s worst-ever defeat in a football match since the 0-6 drubbing in the hand of Uruguay 94 years ago. The German Blitzkrieg began in the 11th minute Thomas Muller scored his fifth goal of the tournament, inching closer to Colombia’s James Rodriguez in the race for the Golden Boot. In the next 18 minutes, the Germans left the Brazilian defence in the ruins by pumping in four more goals to virtually seal the fate of the game. Miroslav Klose scored his record 16th goal in the 23rd minute while Toni Kroos scored in the 24th and 26th minute. Sami Khedira made it 5-0 in the 29th minute. The two teams went into the break with Selecao fans left stunned and shocked. Andre Schurrle scored again for the Germans in the 69th and 79th minutes to make it 7-0. Brazil pulled one back in the 90th minute through Oscar, who scored his second of the tournament. Germany came to Belo Horizonte and then came again. A Brazillion hearts were broken and Germany finally progressed to the Finals. After 12 long years, they were through and they had battered Brazil and shattered them emotionally, physically and mentally. Germany took advantage of their emotional lingo of losing 2 loved ones in Neymar and Thiago Silva and made the most of the situation.They had been destroyed against their will and were subjected to a very high degree of humiliation and were given no warning whatsoever. Their views weren’t taken into account and Germany were all over them and inflicting immeasurable pain. And yes, that classifies as a footballing rape
Netherlands vs Argentina
There isn’t much to say about this game. No highlights until the shootouts and a lucky South American nation making it through. Neither team tried to win the game in what was probably the most cagey match of the World Cup. There was too much at stake and neither of the teams were willing to go all in. Hence, it ended being nothing for Netherlands who bowed out on penalties. Superb defensive displays from both sides ensured a goalless run of 2 hours and for Netherlands, it became a 4 hour barren run. Louis van Gaal could not push his team over the line and will not have to satisfy himself with a 3rd-4th playoff. Alex Sabella was shrewd and smart and kept his team’s morale high at all times, and it showed, in their clinical penalties. After the 1st semi-final, this was an anti-climax and not expected out of a World Cup game. The overachieving Dutch can go home with pride, and stomp their authority over the Dutch media who had for long labelled this team a crisis and had downplayed their chances. For Messi and Argentina, the dream lives on. A chance to win it on Brazilian soil awaits them and they will go into this tie, all guns blazing and will be looking to negate the German Generals.