Two top teams clashed on July 8 as a Neymar-less Brazil went up against the stacked Germans. With a trip to the World Cup final on the line, Germany stepped up big-time, scoring a slew of goals in the first half on their way to a 7-1 rout of the host nation.
Brazil and Germany seemed destined to meet at some point during the 2014 World Cup, and fate was confirmed on July 8 as the two top-ranked squads faced off in a heated semifinal match. The heavy-hitters trade blows back and forth early, but Germany proved their worth after that, scoring goal after goal after goal and taking a demanding lead in the first half. Germany never let up, eventually advancing to the World Cup final with a stunning 7-1 victory.
Germany Crushes Brazil 7-1
It didn’t take long for this game to heat up. After an early threat from Brazil, Germany roared back and struck decisively with a headed goal from Thomas Muller in the 11th minute. Germany continued to pour it on, as Miroslav Klose scored on a rebound 11 minutes later.
But it wasn’t over. TWO MINUTES after Germany’s second goal, Die Mannschaft put together an incredible passing combination to set up a Toni Kroos goal. A turnover exactly one minute later led to yet another goal for Toni and the Germans. Three goals in just about three minutes. Unbelievable — it took just under 25 minutes for Brazil’s World Cup hopes to be killed and totally buried.
It turned into even more of a rout when another counterattack led to a tap-in goal from Sami Khedira. It was 5-0 after the first half.
Brazil actually pulled themselves together for the second 45, racking up a ton of chances early on. But Germany was just too strong, and after that push from Brazil, Germany added another TWO goals just to be sure. Brazil did score a late goal to get on the scoreboard, but in the end, a game that looked like it’d be one of the best of the tournament turned out to be its biggest blowout.
Brazil Falters Without Neymar & Thiago Silva
The Brazilians had a mountain to climb going into this match with Germany. Not only were they facing the No. 2 ranked team in the world, but they were doing it without their best players. Neymar, who is basically a god in Brazil, the best player to put on the yellow kit since Ronaldo, was knocked out of the World Cup in Brazil’s game against Colombia when a collision caused him to break a bone in his back. With four goals in five games, Neymar was the center of Selecao’s offense.
And the center of their defense, Thiago Silva, was also absent from the semifinal lineup due to an accumulation of yellow cards. World Cup rules state that any player who racks up two yellow cards in the tournament will be penalized with a one-game suspension. Thiago picked up his second card against Colombia (what a rough game for Brazil), guaranteeing that he’d have to sit out against Germany.
Obviously, these absences took a huge toll on Brazil today — though no one could have predicted a rout like this.
What a tough game to watch. As the host nation, there weren’t many more teams to watch than Brazil. And there’s no doubt that the final (Germany plays the winner of Argentina-Netherlands on July 13) will have a somber feeling, since Brazil won’t be in it.
— Andrew Gruttadaro