Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Germany's Decimation of Brazil's Selecao

At the Estadio Mineirao in Brazil’s Belo Horizonte, the country’s national team went out in grand style – if you want to be cruel! – when they were severely savaged 1-7 by die Mannschaft.
The Germans showed what they are made of. Their speed and mobility and fluidity are a sight to behold.
In the eleventh minute, Brazil allowed Thomas Muller to start the goal avalanche. And that was when the former began to buckle and fall apart.
Certainly, Germany smelt blood and before Brazil’s Selecao knew it, Miroslav Klose scored in the twenty-third minute – to become the World Cup history's record goalscorer with 16 goals in 23 games.
What followed was one of the most, if not the most remarkable passages of play in any World Cup game, let alone a semi-final, as Germany did not just look like scoring on every attack, they actually did.
Toni Kroos scored two in the space of 179 seconds (24, 26) and Sami Khedira contributed one (29) to give the German side an almost unassailable 5-0 lead at half-time. Brazil were shell-shocked. No surprise because no team had previously conceded five or more goals by half-time in a World Cup semi-final.
Did you know that Germany were 5-0 up faster – 29 minutes – than any other team in World Cup history? That was a measure of their ruthlessness in front of the net.
Andre Schürrle made the humiliation complete when he netted two more (69, 79). Brazil’s Oscar managed a consolation goal in the 90th minute but I don’t think anybody even bothered to clap.
The final score stood at 7-1.
FYI, Germany are now the highest scorers in World Cup history with 223 goals, overtaking Brazil. The former had brutally inflicted on the hosts the heaviest World Cup semi-final defeat in history.
And the latter’s World Cup dreams ended in disgrace and dishonor. Brazil’s humbling was their first competitive home defeat in 39 years.
Germany will meet either Argentina or Netherlands at the iconic Maracana on Sunday.
I wonder if the Dutch can manage to pull off another upset today.

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