Football: Germany humiliate Brazil

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Brazil’s hopes of making the World Cup final were shattered after a humiliating 7-1 defeat by rampant Germany in Belo Horizonte.
The hosts had stuttered to the semi-finals and they were lacking star performer Neymar but nobody would have expected the nature of their team’s woeful efforts as their defence was ripped apart in their own back yard, conceding five goals in 19 first-half minutes.   
German striker Miroslav Klose became the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer with his 16th goal and Andre Schurrle bagged a double to continue the misery after the break and the jeers and tears had already begun by the time Oscar tapped in a late consolation. 
Brazil had not lost a competitive match at home since 1975 and the result eclipsed their worst-ever defeat, 6-0 to Uruguay in 1920 before the World Cup had even begun. As the players trudged off consoled by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, they could barely look up to the fans after suffering the heaviest World Cup semi-final defeat in the history of the tournament. 
Germany will now play Argentina or Netherlands – who go head-to-head on Wednesday – in Sunday’s final.
The boys in yellow started relatively brightly, but were stunned after just 11 minutes when Toni Kroos’ corner picked out Thomas Muller unmarked inside the area and the Bayern Munich man side-footed beyond Julio Cesar.
Klose then doubled the lead to become a World Cup record-breaker, slotting home the rebound after Cesar had pushed away his initial effort to take him ahead of Ronaldo and thoughts of an unthinkable capitulation for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side crept in.
Kroos hit a quick-fire double as he drilled a strike past Cesar with the outside of his boot following Philipp Lahm’s cutback, before making it four after Sami Khedira’s unselfish cutback capitalised on some lacklustre Brazilian defending.
Khedira then got in on the act when he guided Mesut Ozil’s pass into bottom after David Luiz’s error typified an abject showing from Scolari’s men who were booed off at the half-time whistle.
Brazil looked to restore some pride in the second half as Oscar and subsitute Paulinho were both denied by keeper Manuel Neuer, while Muller was prevented from making it six as Cesar tipped his effort over with a fine save.
Germany replaced Klose just before the hour mark and it was his replacement, Chelsea’s Schurrle, who added a sixth when he converted Lahm’s low cross from inside the box with a simple tap-in.
Schurrle then added his second and Germany’s seventh of the night with a smart finish off the underside of the crossbar.
Oscar grabbed a late consolation with a fine finish but the final whistle arrived to put the hosts out of their misery as Joachim Low’s side celebrated reaching the final for the first time since 2002, while for the thousands in yellow, it was despair and disbelief as the reality of broken dreams of making the final had been utterly destroyed.

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