Tuesday, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the German National Football Team played like the best team in the world, scoring seven goals in their World Cup semifinal match against hapless hosts Brazil, perhaps the worst “contender” ever to play host in a World Cup. The score line was a fair reflection of the performance of the teams besides being a historic win for Germany and the worst defeat in the history of Brazilian football.
The German weekly Die Zeit simply said: "Germany in World Cup final after 7-1 win over Brazil."
The first half had already ended in a 5-0 shellacking, but the second half seemed the needed completion of the spanking Brazil had earned not only by undeservedly reaching the semifinal via officiating largesse, but also for the hubris of thinking they were going to be competitive with such a pedestrian roster as coach Luis Felipe Scolari had chosen.
It was instructive to notice the number of miscues that piled up as the Brazilian players, one and all, seemed unable to put three passes together, or miss hit shots a middle school player would be embarrassed to have missed. In only the second span of play in which they actually created chances, a 12-minute burst, the Brazilians found themselves with four goal scoring chances obtained more out of the will to move forward and the courage of a team who knew they had nothing to lose, than anything else.
But as those chances materialized each successive Brazilian, Bernard, Oscar, Ramires, and Paulinho, simply could not put the ball on the frame or around Manuel Neuer. As the game reached the 82nd minute mark the Brazilian fans finally gave up on their sorry team and began to chant “Ole” every time the German team passed the ball successfully.
Andre Schurrle, at the 68th and 78th minutes, put away the sixth and seventh German goals, both from within the box after the Brazilian defenders had been passed by, seemingly swatted away as so many gnats.
At the 84th minute, the announcers for ESPN, ESPN Deportes and Univision all agreed that the host team was beyond beaten, they were waiting for the whistle to blow so they could leave the pitch and the stadium as quickly as possible.
At the 90:30 mark Oscar got a breakaway goal that he seemed more embarrassed to have scored than anything else. Perhaps the futility of the act in the midst of this infamously historic game got to him.
The Germans to both their credit and shame felt the need to put the pedal to their locomotive in a half they could simply have spent sleeping. Coach Joachim Low could be seen covering his broad smile with his cupped hands while carrying on with his assistants on the bench.
At game's end coach Scolari tried to corral any player who came by him to hug him and absolve him of fault for the defeat. Meanwhile captain David Luiz who had taken over the role for the suspended Thiago Silva, bravely and tearfully responded to media questions post-game. In short he said: "We did our best under the circumstances but today was not our day and it was clearly our opponents' day. We all, in this team, feel sorry for this result. We just wanted to make our fans happy, there are so many of them going through such tough times. I am personally sorry we could not make them smile today."
Brazilian daily Folha de Sao Paulo had a banner headline that screamed: "Historic reversal!" The subheading said: "Germany destroyed Brazil 7-1 and moves on to its eighth World Cup final." Article headers were: "Brazil humiliated again trying to win a World Cup at home," and "Brazil suffers greatest defeat of all times," and "Fans leave stadium at half-time."
The match's result was a foregone conclusion for the last sixty minutes of the match. Our prediction that Brazil had made a devil’s pact when they won the 2013 Confederations Cup unfairly on home soil became a fulfilled prophecy. Today the Germans were the deserving winners and should be considered the favorites to take the trophy home against either team in the other semifinal.