Seven. To. One.
Germany put together one of the most impressive World Cup performances in the history of the competition and routed Brazil 7-1 in Belo Horizonte to end the hosts hopes of hoisting the trophy in their home country. It was always going to be interesting to see how the Brazilians responded to losing their captain Thiago Silva and the country's inspiration Neymar heading into the game, and we received the answer very quickly.
Thomas Müller put Germany up 1-0 in the 11th minute on a corner kick. The ball was sent into the area by Toni Kroos, and Müller evaded the wandering David Luiz to put the ball past Julio Cesar to stun the viewing audience. The goal was Müller's 10th goal in the World Cup during his career (South Africa + Brazil).
Uh, then I really couldn't believe what was happening. Brazil's midfield and defense completely collapsed in on itself. They smelled blood in the water and attacked with ruthless aggression. The next goal came in the 23rd minute, and it was quite the historical moment. Miroslav Klose finished his own rebound for his 16th goal at a World Cup to break the great Brazilian Ronaldo's World Cup record.
Then, the route was on. Germany would score three more goals over the next six minutes to put Brazil to the sword. The clock showed 29 minutes gone, and Germany had a 5 spot on the scoreboard against Brazil. Kroos scored twice in that time, and Sami Khedira scored Germany's fifth.
Heads on the field were down. Tears flowed in the stands. The nation's spirit was crushed. Thirty minutes had passed in the semifinal between Brazil and Germany, and the match was finished.
Unfortunately for the Brazilians, the second half had to be played. Andre Schürrle was subbed into the game and scored twice to make it 7-0. (First Goal. Second goal.) Brazil were well on their way to not only their worst loss in the World Cup, but until Oscar scored a consolation goal in the 90th minute, the country was close to their worst loss ever.
Congratulations to Germany.
Chin up, @dante_bonfim! #MiaSanMia #BRAGER pic.twitter.com/9rHIe0udOl— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) July 8, 2014
Editor's Note: I had to go in and remove the Vines of the goals, because they had been deleted. Sorry.