Germany, appearing in a record fourth straight world cup semi-final, netted five goals in the opening 29 minutes. The whirlwind of goals silenced the overwhelmingly pro-Brazil crowd. After a brief and somewhat futile resurgence by Brazil early in the second half, Germany went on to net two more goals before Brazil scored a late consolation goal. The goal was described by one commentator as “the most useless goal in World Cup history.”
Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle scored a brace a piece, whilst Thomas Mueller, Sami Khedira and Miroslav Klose added one each. Jlose scored a record breaking 16th World Cup career goal, which took him one past the great Brazilian Ronaldo, who was in the stands at the time. Brazil’s only goal came from Chelsea’s attacking midfielder, Oscar, in the 90th minute to ironic cheers and jeers.
The Road Ahead
The victory sent Germany into their eighth World Cup final and first since 2002, which they lost, 2-0, to Brazil in Yokohama, Japan.Joachim Low’s men will play the winner of the second semi-final between the Netherlands and Argentina. Should Germany win the final on the 12th, it will hand Die Mannschaft’s fourth World Cup title.
Brazil’s defeat was a shock to the world of football, and sport alike. The defeat equalled the worst defeat Brazil has ever suffered. Whilst Brazil played poorly without Neymar and captain Thiago Silva, Germany was impressive and are now firm favourites to pick up the trophy. The nation with five World Cup titles will have to look on but not before playing a third and fourth playoff match.