Written By: Syed Saad Shafqat.
The stage was set for the first semi final at Belo Horizonte stadium in Brazil. Germany who have played some of the best football we've seen had their heads up high leading to this sumptous clash. While the Brazilian's although rocked by the loss of Neymar and Thiago Silva, wanted to be in the final more than any other team. Germany named a quite formidable side with Phillip Lahm leading the German Army. Luis Felipe Scolari chose David Luiz as his main man to lead Brazil in this mouth watering tie. Joachim Loew meant business as he named his best side for the clash, with the likes of Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Kroos, Mueller, Ozil commanding the midfield. Neymar was replaced by the local boy Bernard, who had big boots to fill and Silva was replaced by Dante.
Germany started proceedings in a similar fashion like they had done throughout the tournament. Attacking with a full intent. From the get go, Brazil was on the back foot. Miroslav Klose started for Germany as he was looking to emaluate Luis Ronaldo's goal scoring record at the World Cup. He was tied with him at 15 goals a piece. Joachim Loew's men meant business and won the first corner pretty early in the first half. Toni Kroos took the corner and Mueller tapped in a simple goal. Heart break for Brazil, relief for the Germans. But this was just the starting. Displays of some amazing football by the European side, as a result of that they scored 4 goals in just 6 minutes. Celecio was left shattered. Propestrous defending led to their demise.
Brazilian fans couldn't believe what they had seen. Shellshocked. Dismantled. Crestfallen. Klose scored to become not only the all time goal scoring leader of the World Cup, but also the leading scorer of all time for his side. Kroos managed to score a brace in 69 seconds, the fastest brace in World Cup history. Brazil's men had nowhere to hide. They had to do unthinkable. To score 6 goals to win. They had been absolutely nowhere up to the mark. At half time, Germany was five goals to the good.
At the start of the second half, Germany yet again started brightly. Per Mertesacker took Mats Hummels in the centre of the Die Mansshuft's defence. Late in the half, Andre Schurrle came in to score a brace for himself, to take his tally to three in the World Cup finals. A consolation goal for Brazil was scored by Oscar Dos Santos at the end to make the scoreline at full time, Germany 7-1 Brasil.
A number of records were broken in this game. Most of all, this for the first time in 62 games that Brazil had lost at home. This defeat was the heaviest defeat since 1920 for them. A sad day for the Celecio fans. But on the contrary, history defining moment for the Germans. The European side's confidence will be sky high going to Maracana on July 14th as they await the winner of the other semifinal.
Man Of The Match for this game for me was Toni Kroos, with a brace and an assist to his name, he was absolutely majestic. Distributing balls, orchestrated the play from midfield. An absolute delight to watch.