World Cup 2014: Brazil v Germany

BRA 1 – 7 GER: A phenomenal night in Belo Horizonte as the hopes and dreams of the host nation shattered and disintegrated in cruel fashion in front of the expectant eyes of a people who were left distraught and broken at the final whistle. There are a hundred questions flying around about how and why this catastrophe happened but the main reason for me was an incisive, scientific and ruthless display by a fantastic German side that dished up a flawless performance to sail into the final and by doing so also managed to annihilate and humiliate their Brazilian hosts. A sensational four goals in nine minutes from Germany condemned Brazil to defeat after Thomas Müller had given them the lead with a controlled volley from a Bastian Schweinsteiger corner. If the Brazilian marking for Müller’s opener was poor then the words disastrous, calamitous and embarrassing could go someway to describe and explain their defending for the next four German goals. Fernandinho missed a routine tackle and Kroos and Müller combined to set up Klose for the second. His close range finish nudged him ahead of the legendary Ronaldo to become the all time top goalscorer in World Cup football. A brilliant and well deserved achievement for an out and out striker who loves to score goals and be the right man in the right place time and time again. Marcelo looked to have given up at left back and Lahm was sent rampaging away down the right to cross for Kroos to fire a third into the corner of he net. Desperation and haplessness reigned in the Brazilian back four and moments later another horrendous error from Fernandinho let Sami Khedira nick the ball off him and set up Kroos for his brace. Sami Khedira was outstanding all night and scored the Germans fifth after a thundering tackle from Hummels took out both Dante and David Luiz at the same time and Mesut Özil laid the ball off for Khedira to score. Scenes of Brazilians in tears and frozen in disbelief filled the television screens. There were no wild celebrations from the Germans, no taking the foot of the gas. This was a complete, professional performance that stayed true to the disciplined German philosophy of football. Any hopes of a Brazilian fightback were thwarted by two fantastic saves from German stopper Manuel Neuer who confirmed his tag as the greatest goalkeeper playing the game today. André Schürrle came on at half time and added a superb double to further rub salt into the wounds of the beaten Brazilians. As the crowds flocked from the stadium and many open-air venues across the country including Copacabana beach, Oscar scored an inconspicuous consolation goal. Many will blame the Brazilian FA and the Brazilian government, and what happens next in Brazil is a worrying thought as the people look to react to this dismal capitulation and express their frustration and anger. But you have to look to Scolari and the players on the pitch. For Scolari to set up his team like that against a tactical and technical German side is wholly unacceptable. The fact that the players were terrible on the night only exacerbated the mistake. It will take a long, long time to recover from this embarrassment. As Scolari stays to face the music, all the players escape to Europe to shun the limelight. A total collapse from Brazil, a sumptuous performance from Germany. An unbelievable night of World Cup football.

 

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