Brazil’s dreams of making a return to a World Cup final in the Maracana were shattered in the most agonising manner as Germany inflicted on the hosts one of the most remarkable defeats in the 84-year history of this competition.
Tears flowed like water in the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte as before even half-an-hour had gone, Brazil were 5-0 down, and the final scoreline was 7-1, eclipsing their worst-ever defeat, 6-0 to Uruguay back in 1920 before the World Cup had even begun.
Two goals for Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle , plus one each for Thomas Muller, Sami Khedira, and record-breaking 16th World Cup goal for Miroslav Klose saw the visitors delirious, while Brazil begins a period of soul-searching such as never before.
Germany will go into Sunday’s World Cup final at the Maracana to face Argentina or Holland on the highest of highs.
Former Brazil international Juninho admitted he was shocked by his country’s 7-1 thrashing by Germany in their World Cup semi-final.
The Europeans ran up an unassailable 5-0 half-time lead as the hosts. missing their best two players in injured forward Neymar and suspended captain and defender Thiago Silva, lost discipline and focus during a hapless 20-minute spell.
“I’m in shock. It is unbelievable,” the former Middlesbrough playmaker, who won 50 caps for Brazil, told BBC One.
“The back four was not closing down, they (Germany) were moving and passing it so easily and it is difficult to understand the attitude (of Brazil’s players).
“Everyone was talking about Neymar but (if Brazil had) Silva in this game I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t concede the space we did.
“It will be difficult to recover and some of them I don’t think will be back to wear the Brazilian shirt.
“Germany taught us how to play football and we have to learn from that.
“Germany played like we like to play. We need to sit back and see what’s happened with Brazilian football - is something wrong?”
And in a veiled criticism of Brazil’s performances and tactics in this World Cup Juninho added: “But I am happy because football won.”