World Cup 2014: Day 28
Germany produced one of the most sensational performances in World Cup history as they tore hosts Brazil apart in Belo Horizonte to secure a place in their 8th World Cup final. Brazil were already reeling from the loss of prodigal son Neymar to injury, while skipper Thiago Silva also missed out through suspension. And their hopes were hit further when they found themselves 1-0 down after just 11 minutes. The European side won a corner, and the delivery from Toni Kroos found Thomas Müller inexplicably in space, and the Bayern man produced a simple side footed finish giving Júlio César no chance. Brazil tried to hit straight back, but got no joy from the referee when Marcelo threw himself to the ground after an inch perfect tackle from Philipp Lahm. The reprieve was short lived, however, when Müller picked out Miroslav Klose, who saw his initial effort saved by Júlio César, but he buried the rebound to grab a record breaking goal. The strike means he has now scored 15 goals in the World Cup finals, surpassing the previous record of 14 set by Brazilian Ronaldo. The goal was a perfect moment for the 36 year old Lazio striker, who upon starting had already become the first ever player to appear in 4 World Cup semi-finals.
Brazil barely had time to recover before Germany added a third. Bayern utility man Lahm fired across the area, and the ball broke to Kroos who produced a fantastic finish with his left foot. The Bayern midfielder was celebrating a second moments later as Brazil completely capitulated. Fernandinho lost the ball in the middle of the park, and Khedira picked out Kroos for a simple tap in to claim his 7th for the National team. Millions watching around the world were reeling in shock as the rampant Germans added another, with barely 30 minutes played. Some Brazilians had already left the stadium, while others were quite visibly in tears, as Khedira got himself in on the act. Mats Hummels drove forward, and he played in Özil who gave Real Madrid man Khedira the simplest of tasks to open his World Cup 2014 account.
It was no surprise when Brazil tried to salvage some pride after the break, and but for a smart save from Manuel Neuer, who had barely been tested to date, Oscar would have been on the scoresheet. The Bayern keeper was then on hand again to deny Paulinho, who had looked lively since his introduction at the break. At the other end Júlio César had to be on top form to save his side further blushes, producing a super save from a curling Müller effort. He could do little to keep out Schürrle, however, as the Chelsea man struck home from Lahm’s cross. The substitute then helped himself to a second with a thunderous drive that gave Júlio César no chance as it crashed in off the crossbar. There was still time for one more goal, and it should have been an eighth for Germany after Mesut Özil found himself in the clear, but he slid his effort wide, before Brazil went straight up the other end and pulled one back with a smart finish from Oscar. It was to prove the last goal in a thrilling game, that saw Brazil suffer their joint heaviest defeat, while also being the heaviest defeat suffered in a World Cup semi-finals. The 7-1 scoreline also means that Germany have now surpassed the opposition as the top scorers in World Cup history. Joachim Low’s team must now wait to see who they will face out of Argentina and the Netherlands in this evenings games, but based on this performance they should have no reason to fear either side in the final on Sunday.Share this: