Germany thrash Brazil to reach finals
Germany defeated hosts Brazil by 7-1 in a one-sided World Cup semifinal on Tuesday.
RIO DE JANEIRO - Germany are through to the finals of the 2014 Fifa World Cup after crushing Brazil 7-1 in Belo Horizonte.
The Germans went into the match as favourites following the reshuffle required by Brazil due to the holes left by both Thiago Silva and Neymar, but no one would have predicted the score line that followed.
Thomas Mueller got the first from a corner after 11 minutes before Miroslav Klose struck to become the World Cup's all-time leading scorer with 16 goals.
Five goals inside the first 45 minutes effectively ended the match at half time.
The South American country's pride took a battering as the carnival atmosphere that had swept over the samba nation gave way to a state of shock and disbelief following Brazil's heaviest ever international defeat.
German substitute Andre Schuerrle struck twice more late in the second half before Oscar scored a last-minute goal that was of little consolation to the five-times world champions.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari issued a heartfelt apology to a country that had spent more than $11 billion to host the World Cup and invested its heart and soul in making the tournament a success.
"My message for the Brazilian people is this. Please excuse us for this performance," he said.
"I'm sorry that we weren't able to get to the final and we're going to try to win the third place match. We still have something to play for."
Brazil has hosted one of the most memorable World Cups ever, but the country's dream of winning on home soil was not the only thing shattered by a ruthless Germany in an extraordinary match in Belo Horizonte.
In tonight's action, Netherlands take on Argentina to fight for a spot in the final.
Meanwhile, despite their 7-1 defeat to Germany, Brazil football fans remained patriotic and loyal to their team.
Locals watching the match at the fan park in Copacabana Beach sang and danced while thanking their team for the effort they put in.
While there were visible emotions and frustrations from the fans, they continued to show love and support for their country.