Germany destroys Brazil heads to World Cup Final

Published Tuesday, July 8, 2014 4:53 PM by Shane Barrow

What a treat. What a treat.  Brazil v Germany in a World Cup semifinal.  THE two powers of World Cups past.  No two countries have more accolades to their name.  Who would prevail and book their place at the Maracana in the Final?

The atmosphere was just as electric as one could expect. Deafening noise as Brazil opened on the front foot.  How would they miss Neymar and captain Thiago Silva?  Could the crowd and the occasion lift them?  Or would the German juggernaut of robot-like efficiency win the day?

We got our answer almost immediately.  Germany on the corner kick as Thomas Muller quietly drifted away to the back.  Somehow he was lost by the Brazil defense.  Julio Cesar stayed on his line and Bang, Muller volleys home.  Simple as you like 1-0 Germany.

You could feel the air leave the stadium.  The hosts were in trouble.  Luckily there was plenty of time to fix it.  But did Brazil have the quality to do it?

Once again we got our answer quickly via a wonderful Germany goal.  It was a goal straight out of the Spain play book in fact.  A brilliant display of tight passing inside the Brazil penalty area freed Klose to shoot from ten yards.  Julio Cesar was up to the task saving the initial shot, but left a fat rebound which Klose tucked home for the 2-0 lead.

Could things go from bad to worse?  Most definitely.  We hadn't seen anything yet.

Germany were going down the right at every chance completely at will.  The Brazil defense was non existent.  Acres of space everywhere.  Almost immediately the third goal thundered home.  Phillip Lahm galloped down the right flank and put a ball across that found Tony Kroos all alone at the top of the penalty box to fire home.  3-0.

The German celebrations were on and avalanche would get bigger only a minute later as Kroos scored again making it a whopping 4-0 crushing of the hosts.

It just continued to get worse and worse.  Hummels won a long ball in the midfield and raced forward.  Two Brazilians dove in on the tackle missing and suddenly Marcelo was staring at three German attackers coming right at him.  Three perfect passes spun Marcelo dizzy leaving Khedira to put home another goal.

5-0 in twenty nine minutes.


Never such a display have I ever witnessed.  Tears were flowing by the bucket in the stands as after only thirty minutes this match was dead and buried.  The only question would be How Bad?  The tears of Brazil only took a momentary break as the jeers rained down at the halftime whistle.  As dominating, spectacular a half of World Cup soccer the world has ever seen.  Those were not just "kick it in the net goals".  Those were "make you look stupid goals".

Brazil made a bit of a go at it in the opening minutes of the second half, but German star keeper Neuer made sure they got no joy making three saves to keep the clean sheet.  The sixth goal arrived in the 69th and once again it was a matter of the Brazilians standing around while the Germans played.  Lahm squared an easy pass to Schuerrle for a simple finish.

The boos rained down as Brazil were staring at their worst defeat in their entire history.  Only once were they beaten so thoroughly and that was almost 100 years ago way back in 1920.  I guess if you are going to lose your first game on home soil in 39 years you might as well go big.

Yepp go big!  7-0 just like that.  Schuerrle grabbed his second of the night as he pounded one off the underside of the crossbar.  Such a good performance that even some of the Brazilian fans applauded the goal.

Oscar grabbed one at the death but it did nothing to lessen what will go down as one of the most shocking scorelines in soccer history.  Thankfully the match would finally come to an end.  The capitulation was complete and just how epic it was words would not suffice.