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Germany stun Brazil 7-1

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Germany stun Brazil 7-1

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BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) – Germany poured in the goals today to hand Brazil their heaviest World Cup loss ever with an astounding 7-1 rout in the semi-finals that stunned the host nation.
Miroslav Klose scored a record-setting 16th career World Cup goal in a five-goal spurt in the first half as Brazil’s defence was torn apart.
The Germans reached their eighth final and will face either Argentina or the Netherlands on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Previously, Brazil’s biggest World Cup loss was 3-0 to France in the 1998 final. This matched their biggest ever margin of defeat in any competition, equalling a 6-0 loss to Uruguay in 1920 in the South American championship, the predecessor of the Copa America.
“We wanted to make the people happy … unfortunately we couldn’t,” defender David Luiz said. “We apologise to all Brazilians.”
It’s also Brazil’s first loss in a competitive match on home soil since 1975, when Peru won 3-1 at the very same Mineirao Stadium in the Copa America. Their last loss at home came in a friendly with Paraguay in 2002.
Brazil’s attack was weakened by the loss of Neymar, who fractured a vertebra after getting kneed in the back in the quarter-final win over Colombia. But it was Brazil’s porous defence that was the biggest problem in the first half as the host also sorely missed suspended captain Thiago Silva.
Today, with Bernard playing as the third striker, Brazil attacked from the start. But they failed to get any solid chances, and it wasn’t long before the Germans opened up the defence and started the rout.
Toni Kroos and Andre Schuerrle scored two goals each, while Thomas Mueller and Sami Khedira added the others.
Oscar pulled a late goal back for Brazil.
It was Germany’s biggest World Cup win since routing Saudi Arabia 8-0 in a group match in 2002.
It’s the first time Brazil had allowed five goals in a World Cup match since the 1938 tournament in France, when the team beat Poland 6-5 in extra time.