BELO HORIZONTE – Braziland#039s World Cup dream was smashed into oblivion Tuesday as majestic Germany ran riot to win an extraordinary semi-final 7-1, sending the hosts crashing to the worst defeat in their 100-year footballing history.
Sixty-four years after Brazil was plunged into national mourning after their loss in the 1950 final, the hosts were torn apart in a defeat likely to be every bit as traumatic as the fabled and#034Maracanazo.and#034
Tearful Brazil captain David Luiz immediately apologised to the South American nation after a rout that was swiftly christened and#034The Shame of Shamesand#034 by the football-mad nationand#039s media.
and#034Apologies to everybody, apologies to all the Brazilian people,and#034 sobbed Luiz.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari echoed the mood of despair. and#034We ask for forgiveness,and#034 Scolari said.
and#034To the people, please excuse us for this negative mistake.and#034
Braziland#039s President Dilma Rousseff added to the gloom.
and#034Like every Brazilian, I am very, very sad about this defeat. I am immensely sorry for all of us. Fans and our players,and#034 she wrote on Twitter, where many Brazilians vented their anger via the hashtag #vergonhabrasil (humiliation Brazil).
Germany star Thomas Mueller, who plundered his fifth goal of the tournament in the thrashing, admitted he was stunned by the scale of the victory.
and#034I donand#039t know what to say to be honest,and#034 Mueller said.
and#039Itand#039s totally crazyand#039
and#034I canand#039t believe it. Itand#039s something totally crazy. It just went well today,and#034 added Mueller, whose team will now face either Argentina or the Netherlands in Sundayand#039s final at the Maracana.
Germanyand#039s passage to Rio was booked after a first-half blitz which included a burst of four goals in six devastating minutes.
Mueller opened the scoring on 11 minutes, punishing poor Brazilian marking at a corner to make it 1-0.
Brazil, badly missing suspended captain Thiago Silva, tried to regroup but there was no respite.
Miroslav Kloseand#039s cool finish on 23 minutes — which made him the World Cupand#039s all-time top-scorer with 16 goals — was the cue for the floodgates to open.
Toni Kroos struck twice in the 24th and 26th minutes to make it 4-0 and then Sami Khedira rounded off another clinical move to make it 5-0 on 29 minutes.
Dead and buried inside half an hour, the crowd at the Mineirao Stadium was stunned into silence.
Many fans burst into tears as they struggled to comprehend the enormity of what had befallen their beloved and#039Selecao.and#039
After the fifth goal hundreds of people left their expensive seats.
A section of the crowd chanted sexually-expletive obscenities against the team and Braziland#039s leader Rousseff, who up to now had enjoyed a reprieve from protests over the record $11 billion spent to host the tournament.
Across the nation, other fans shouted at their televisions and abandoned public screenings.
Though Brazil rallied at the start of the second half, the torture continued on 69 minutes when Andre Schuerrle swept in Germanyand#039s sixth.
This time boos rang out around the Mineirao as the Germans celebrated.
Schuerrle then grabbed his second on 79 minutes to make it 7-0, and confirm the worst defeat in Braziland#039s history.
The previous record loss had been a 6-0 reverse to Uruguay in 1920.
Schuerrleand#039s second goal was greeted by a burst of applause as Brazilian fans saluted Germanyand#039s wonderful exhibition of attacking football.
A late goal from Oscar was barely applauded by Braziland#039s fans.
Brazil had gone into the match riding a fervent wave of national emotion, determined to clinch a place in the final to honour injured striker Neymar.
The crowd roared chants of and#034Neymar, Neymarand#034 just before kick-off, following a spine-tingling rendition of the national anthem that saw captain David Luiz proudly holding up the injured strikerand#039s No.10 shirt.
But Muellerand#039s early strike punctured the fervent mood.
And when the goals started flying in after Klose made it 2-0 there was no way back for Brazil.
The result was greeted with disbelief by fans across Brazil.
Braziland#039s national media described the result as the and#034Shame of Shames.and#034
The sportand#039s daily Lance called Tuesdayand#039s crushing loss and#034The Biggest Shame in History.and#034
Alexa Rosatti, 19, a university student watching the game at a popular Sao Paulo bar district said she had feared Brazil would lose.
and#034But I never thought it would be a massacre,and#034 she said.
and#034I stopped watching for a second and they already had scored a sixth goal.and#034
In Rio, at a street screening that had attracted 30,000 people, Karina Marques, a 17-year-old footballer, predicted a violent reaction from angry fans.
and#034Itand#039s a disaster. It will be chaos,and#034 she said. and#034People will break everything.
and#034Theyand#039re going to be furious. The government spent a lot of money for this World Cup instead of investing in health and education.and#034
SOURCE: Daily Monitor