Germany flatten Brazil by six goals in World Cup elimination shocker

Germany didn’t have to prove their worth as a World Cup contender, but after their dismantling of Brazil, they left little question why they are considered the favorite.

The host nation fell in a humiliating 7-1 route against the European powerhouse in front of a packed house at Belo Horizonte Tuesday afternoon.

With the victory, Germany advance to the World Cup final for the second time in four cycles — and a record breaking eighth appearance overall. Brazil, meanwhile, will move on to face the runner-up in the coming Argentina vs. Netherlands match to decide the tournament’s third place winner.

Brazil were toothless in attack without star striker Neymar, but their most glaring deficiency came on defense with the absence of Thiago Silva, who was out of the encounter with yellow card accumulation.

Germany scored five goals in 29 minutes; the same amount of goals Brazil had allowed in the entire tournament. Thomas Mueller began the rout with a scintillating goal off of a Toni Kroos corner. Both David Luiz and Hulk lost their marker, allowing for the clean finish and the first goal in the 11th minute.

Then, the floodgates opened. The hosts allowed an unimaginable four goals in six minutes to fall behind 5-0 just shy of the half hour mark. Miroslav Klose found net for his record breaking 16th World Cup goal in the 23rd minute, beating Brazilian legend Ronaldo’s original mark of 15. Kroos followed up his earlier assist with a brace in the span of two minutes. Kroos took a Philipp Lahm feed on his left foot and into the open net in the 24th minute and followed that with another tap in from the edge of the six yard box — this time off of a Sami Khedira feed.

The aforementioned Khedira found his own goal just three minutes later on a give and go with Mesut Ozil to complete the six minute romp.

Brazil were booed off of the field at the half, but came out with a more inspired side. Both Oscar and substitute Paulinho challenged keeper Manuel Neuer earl in the stanza, but could not break through on net. Meanwhile, German sub Andre Schurrle managed to break through twice in the second half after his inclusion in the 58th minute.

Oscar managed to pull one back in extra time, but by then, the damage was done.

Brazil invested nearly $12 billion on this year’s World Cup. They seemed destined for the final, particularly after getting past Chile in the opening round and fan favorite Colombia in the quarterfinals. Instead, it will be the familiar face of Germany awaiting either Argentina or the Netherlands in this year’s final.

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