4 goals in 7 as Brazil crash out

Germany have put 7 goals past a lacklustre Brazil to progress through to the final of the World Cup in Belo Horizonte, at one stage scoring 4 times in 7 minutes, all of the goals highlighting Brazil’s struggles with marking. Germany had a goal on the board in the 11th, with Toni Kroos’ corner sailing straight to Thomas Muller, who had slipped away from his man and volleyed past a helpless Julio Cesar. If the stadium was quiet after that goal, it became even more so when Muller left Kroos’ pass alone for Miroslav Klose, who rubbed salt into Brazil’s wounds not only by making the score 2-0 but also by overtaking former Brazilian star Ronaldo as the all-time leading scorer at the World Cup Finals. A minute later Kroos hit a perfect strike one-time to put Germany 3 goals up. The mood in the stadium turned into one of full-on shock a couple of minutes later when Kroos stripped the ball off Fernandinho just outside the box, played a one-two with Sami Khedira and crashed the ball past an already committed Cesar and a helpless Dante to turn the score to 4-0. Khedira and Mesut Ozil combined perfectly to help Germany to a 5-goal advantage, which they held to the break.

Brazil spent most of the second half in damage control, but they seemed to be at least holding up a bit better, although much of this was due to some lucky interceptions by lone defenders which prevented Germany from getting the ball to unmanned players in the forward half. Brazil, however, were getting the better chances, but Manuel Neuer denied them time and again with saves that many other keepers would never be able to complete. Then the Germans struck again. Khedira passed the ball to Philipp Lahm from the right wing, and Andre Schurrle put the subsequent pass into the back of the net from close range. Germany 6, Brazil 0. Schurrle graced the scoreboard again 11 minutes later with a brilliant effort, controlling an uppish ball with his first touch at high speed and putting the ball off the bar and in with his second, all done while sprinting away from David Luiz, whose first outing as Brazilian captain was quickly turning into an unmitigated disaster. Oscar weaved the ball around Jerome Boateng and Neuer to pull one back for Brazil in the 90th, but it was little consolation to Brazil as they prepare for a third-place match that could lead to redemption or humiliation, while Germany enter the final on a high and as strong favourites.

Estadio Minierao – Belo Horizonte
Brazil 1 (Oscar 90)
Germany 7 (Muller 11, Klose 23, Kroos 24, 26, Khedira 29, Schurrle 69, 79)
Referee: Marco Rodriguez (Mex)

Brazil: Julio Cesar – Marcelo, Dante, David Luiz, Maicon, Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho (Paulinho 46), Bernard, Oscar, Hulk (Ramires 46), Fred (Willian 69).

Germany: Neuer – Howedes, Hummels (Mertesacker 46), Boateng, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Khedira (Draxler 76), Ozil, Kroos, Muller, Klose (Schurrle 58).

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