Tuesday, July 8, 2014

WOW! Host Brazil Suffers Biggest WorldCup Humilaition in History

Brazil's World Cup dreams ended in humiliating and brutal fashion as Germany inflicted their heaviest defeat in the first semi-final in Belo Horizonte. The result was their first competitive home defeat in 39 years

A thunderous occasion that began with Brazil riding a tidal wave of emotion was reduced to a nightmare as Germany were 5-0 up inside 29 remarkable minutes in front of a disbelieving Estadio Mineirao crowd.

Brazil's dreams of making a return to a World Cup final in the Maracana were shattered in the most agonising manner as Germany inflicted on the hosts one of the most remarkable defeats in the 84-year history of this competition.

"I am responsible for this catastrophic result," Scolari said (per Sky Sports). "I made the choices. I was responsible. We ask for forgiveness. To the people, please excuse us for this negative mistake.”

Amazing Germany

There were 179 seconds between Germany's second and fourth goals. Germany striker Miroslav Klose becomes World Cup history's record goalscorer with 16 goals in 23 games.
Germany were 5-0 up after 29 minutes - faster than any team in World Cup history. Germany netted as many goals in this semi-final as they had in their previous six (1982-2010).
Germany are now the highest scorers in World Cup history with 223 goals, overtaking Brazil. Germany are the first team to score seven times in a World Cup semi-final.
Thomas Muller has scored 10 goals and provided six assists in 12 World Cup matches. Germany have scored more goals in this tournament than they did in 1990 and 1966 - a total of 16.

It was an absolutely astonishing result: Would it have been shocking to see Germany control the match and win 2-0 or something along those lines? Probably not. But like this? Brazil came into the World Cup as the favorite to win the title.

They were the host country and had the momentum of last summer's Confederations Cup to give them some confidence. Heading into Tuesday, Brazil had not lost a competitive match on home soil since 1975. Sixty-two straight matches without a loss. Even with Neymar injured and Thiago Silva out, Brazil had the talent to stand toe-to-toe with Germany.

Without Neymar, their icon and only true attacking threat for much of the competition, Scolari opted for the diminutive Bernard. But the Shakhtar Donetsk winger is not in the class of his illustrious team-mate and could not cover for the mediocre talent of Fred and Hulk as Neymar had previously manfully achieved.

looked shorn of discipline, organisation or basic defensive ability at the back. Bayern Munich’s Dante (a player Pep Guardiola seems to need to cajole and organise through every club game) replaced Silva, but it was his usual partner, David Luiz, who took on Silva’s responsibilities as the team’s captain, leader and organiser.

Luiz was the hero of the hour as he scored the winner in the quarter-final against Colombia, but without his anchor alongside him in this game he was every bit the player “being controlled by a 10-year-old on a PlayStation,” as former Manchester United defender Gary Neville memorably described him (via London Evening Standard).

Match facts

This is the first time a team have scored seven goals in a World Cup semi-final. This is the first World Cup game with eight or more goals since Saudi Arabia v Germany in 2002 (0-8).
No team had previously conceded five or more goals by half-time in a World Cup semi-final. This is Brazil's biggest defeat in World Cup finals history, surpassing their 3-0 loss to France in the final in 1998.
Germany scored two more goals in this game, 7, than England did in their past two World Cups combined. Brazil's first shot on target was in the 51st minute.

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