The result broke numerous records, it was Brazil’s biggest World Cup defeat, their first competitive defeat at home in 39 years, and saw the German player Klose became the record World Cup goal scorer. Furthermore, it was the first time ever that a team scored seven goals in any semi final of the World Cup, and there has been no team until now that has conceded five goals or more by the end of the half time break.
The game was both a joy to watch, but one could not help feel remorse for the way in which the host nation descended further and further into chaos as the game progressed. The Germans were merciless, and showed their speed and movement, as they it only took them 179 seconds to go from two goals up to 4-0. This latest goal fest, now makes Germany the highest scorers in World Cup history with 223 goals, with Klose the record World Cup scorer with sixteen goals from 23 matches.
It is true that one must take into account that the ‘samba team’ was without one of the main attractions of the World Cup, Neymar, and of course their captain Thiago Silva. But no one could have ever believed that Brazil would ever suffer such a devastating defeat. The Brazilian coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari has taken full responsibility for the team’s performance (or lack of it), but it will not detract from some the inept displays by the likes of David Luiz and one can argue the entire back line.
Germany now have the finals of the World Cup to look forward to, and will not be bothered as to whether they face the Netherlands or Argentina. Paddypower already have the Germans as the favourites to win the tournament, priced at 8/11, with Holland the outsiders priced at 4/1.