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.” (more…)
Germany booked its position into the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 victory over neighbouring rivals France, in Rio de Janeiro. Defender Matt Hummels scored the only goal of the game early on in the match as he out-muscled Real Madrid’s young centre-back Raphael Varane to head home a Toni Kroos free kick into the upper reaches of the net.
Having gained a 12th minute lead Germany, played a high defensive line and gave their opposition no time on the ball. The hustling and harrowing proved too difficult for the French to deal with as they struggled to break down the German defence, let alone the midfield. (more…)