Brazil v Germany (2014 Fifa World Cup)

The Brazil v Germany  at 2014 Fifa World Cup was the first semi-final football match played on Tuesday July 8, 2014 at 22:00pm South African time or 17:00 Brazilian (Belo Horizonte) time at Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Brazil v Germany (2014 Fifa World Cup)
Competition 2014 Fifa World Cup
Administrator Fifa
Home Team Brazil
Away Team Germany
Date July 08, 2014
Time 17:00 (Brazil)
22:00 (South Africa)
Venue Estádio Mineirão
City Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Attendance 58,141
Weather Clear night
22 °C (71 °F)
51% humidity

Match

Half-time Score 0-5
Full-time Score 1-7
Bra Goal Scorer Oscar 90′
Ger Goal Scorers Thomas Müller 11′
Miroslav Klose 23′
Toni Kroos 24′ 26′
Sami Khedira 29′
André Schürrle 69′ 79′

Match Officials

Referee Marco Rodríguez (Mex)
Assistants Marvin Torrentera (Mex)
Marcos Quintero (Mex)
Fourth Official Mark Geiger (USA)
Fifth Official Mark Hurd (USA)

Brazil v Germany was a first semi-final of the 2014 Fifa World Cup hosted by Brazil, the country was the tournament for the second time having hosted it 64 years earlier in 1950.

That world cup of 1950 perhaps a bitter memory for the Brazilians who were there thanks to a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay in front of over 170 000 spectators at Maracanã Stadium in what is now know as Maracanazo.

Brazil and Germany were undefeated when they reached the semi-finals stage at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

The sides had previously met on 21 occasions and only wants in a knockout match and that match was a 2002 Fifa World Cup final in which Brazil won 2-0.

At the 2014 Fifa World Cup, Brazil had come through Group A in which the faced Croatia (3-1), Mexico (0-0) and Cameroon (4-1) while Germany had come through Group G, was arguably a tougher group – Germany faced Portugal (4-0), Ghana (22) and USA (1-0).

In the knockout stages Brazil played with Chile in the last 16, the match ended in a 1-1 draw and went to penalties where Brazil won 4-3.

In the quarter finals Brazil met Colombia who were tipped to be a tougher ask for Brazil and the hosts emerged out of that match victorious, the final score was 2-1.

Germany faced Algeria in their last 16 match amid the reports that their association had assured Joachim Löw that failure to win would not put his job in jeopardy. Germany found the going a bit tougher against Algeria and they would not find inspiration until extra-time where the hit the net on two occasions and later conceded a goal, the final score was 2-1.

In the quarter-finals, though Germany was perhaps the strongest team in the tournament from the onset, a meeting with France presented a toughest test since their campaign began.

As expected, the match was too tight and too close, Germany just edged out France with a single goal. Germany’s victory meant they will meet the hosts who had been showing signs of weakness and inconsistency.

Brazil, like Germany is among the most unpredictable footballing nations on earth and this is evident with their 2013 Confederations Cup where the same team with mostly same players displayed what could be described as night and day performances. Going into the 2014 Fifa World Cup semi-final at Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte, though Germany were clear favorites based on their permanence in the tournament in comparison to that of Brazil, it was not as simple as stats seem to suggest and Brazil was expected to trouble Germany and perhaps even cause an upset despite Neymar’s absence.

 

The Match

On July  8, 2014 at Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte, Brazil at 17:00 the match got underway. The match began evenly poised with Brazilian Marcelo’s shot going wide in the 3rd minute and German Sami Khedira’s shot in the 7th minute being blocked by Toni Kroos.

In the 11th minute Thomas Müller 11′ of Germany broke the deadlock after he escaped his mark by David Luiz in the penalty box following a corner kick. Brazil consolidated and attacked as a unit, showing clearly that they had every intentions of coming back and equalize, none of Brazil’s attacks amounted to anything.

In the 23rd minute Miroslav Klose doubled Germany’s lead after he finished off his own rebound and marked the start of a nightmarish 6 minutes for Brazil in which they went on to concede 4 goals to no reply.  Klose’s goal also meant that he had surpassed Ronaldo’s record of 15 goals in a World Cup as his was his 16th.

In the 24th minute Toni Kroos struck again for Germany and once more in the 26th minute at which point Germany were 4-0 ahead.

In the 29th minute Sami Khedira, who had previously assisted Toni Kroos, scored his first and fifth for Germany. Brazil regroup and halted it’s probe and contained the game until half-time.

In the second half Luiz Felipe Scolari introduced two experienced midfielders in Ramires and Paulinho, replacing Fernandinho and Hulk, who were able to marshal the dejected young squad. Perhaps a comeback impossible especially against the world’s best organized footballing nation, Brazil showed signs of life still.

In the 58th minute Joachim Löw introduced André Schürrle in the place of Klose and in the 69th minute he scored Germany’s since. In the 70th minute Brazil’s Fred who seem to have struggled to find his groove throughout the tournament was called out and replaced with Willian.

In the 79th minute Schürrle compounded Brazil’s woes with the seventh goal with just over 11 minutes of regulation time left.

In the 90th minute, perhaps Brazil’s most consistent player in recent matches, Oscar scored and reduced the deficit to six goals.

After 3 minutes of added time the final whistle went off saving Brazil from further humiliation.

The final score was 7-1 to Germany.

 

 

CFB Brazil DFBEagle

Starting XI

12. Júlio César 01. Manuel Neuer
23. Maicon 16. Philipp Lahm
04. David Luiz 20. Jérôme Boateng
06. Marcelo 04. Benedikt Höwedes
13. Dante 68′ 05. Mats Hummels Substituted 46′
17. Luiz Gustavo 07. Bastian Schweinsteiger
05. Fernandinho Substituted 46′ 08. Mesut Özil
11. Oscar 90′ 06. Sami Khedira Substituted 76′ 29′
20. Bernard 18. Toni Kroos 24′, 26′
09. Fred Substituted 70′ 11. Miroslav Klose Substituted 58′ 23′
07. Hulk Substituted 46′ 13. Thomas Müller 11′

Coaches

 Luiz Felipe Scolari  Joachim Löw

Substitutions

 All Substitutions in Numerical Order All Substitutions in Numerical Order
01. Jefferson  02. Kevin Großkreutz
02. Dani Alves  03. Matthias Ginter
08. Paulinho Substituted 46′  09. André Schürrle Substituted 58′ 69′, 79′
14. Maxwell  10. Lukas Podolski
15. Henrique  12. Ron-Robert Zieler
16. Ramires Substituted 46′  14. Julian Draxler Substituted 76′
18. Hernanes  15. Erik Durm
19. Willian Substituted 70′  17. Per Mertesacker Substituted 46′
21. Jô  19. Mario Götze
22. Victor  22. Roman Weidenfeller
 23. Christoph Kramer

Sidelined

Neymar (Injured) Shkodran Mustafi (Injured)
Thiago Silva (suspended, red card)

Match Statistics

 54% Possession 49%
7 Corners 5
18 Shots 14
8 Shots on Target 10
11 Fouls 14
3 Offsides 0
1 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0

Legend

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Goal Scorer
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Records

A multitude of records were broken in the wake of the “Mineirão Blow”. Among those records was Brazil’s long standing success at home, until that match, Brazil had not lost competitive match competitive match at home since their 1–3 loss to Peru in the 1975 Copa América.

  • Worst defeat by a host nation in World Cup history.
  • Biggest winning margin in a World Cup semi-final or final.
  • Fastest four goals scored in World Cup history.
  • Germany also overtook Brazil to become the all-time highest-scoring team in FIFA World Cup history, their total of 223.
  • The result became Brazil’s one of its two worst losses, equaling a 6–0 defeat to Uruguay in 1920.
  • Brazil’s worst-ever defeat at home.
  • The loss broke Brazil’s 62-match home unbeaten streak in competitive matches (1–3 loss to Peru in the 1975 Copa América).
  • Brazil had never before conceded seven goals at home.
  • Brazil’s largest losing deficit at the World Cup prior to the match was three goals, which came in the 3–0 defeat to France in the 1998 Fifa World Cup final.
  • Brazil’s worst result against Germany.
  • Germany’s fourth straight time among the tournament’s top 3 teams.
  • Germany became the first side to reach eight World Cup finals.
  • Germany’s record 12th time playing at a semi-final.
  • Miroslav Klose equaled  Cafu as the player with most matches being on the winning side at the World Cup, with 16 victories.
  • Miroslav Klose became the only player to take part in four World Cup semi-finals.
  • Miroslav Klose broke the record for the most goals scored at the World Cup with 16.
  • Thomas Müller’s goal was Germany’s 2,000th in the history of their national team.
  • Toni Kroos’ first-half double scored in 69 seconds was the fastest pair of goals scored in World Cup history by the same player.
  • Germany became the first team to score 7 goals in a World Cup semi-final.
  • It was Germany’s highest half-time lead in a World Cup match.
  • Germany scored more goals than 28 teams that have appeared in the World Cup scored in all their matches at the finals.

 

Reaction

Luiz Felipe Scolari, coach of Brazil, said the result was the “worst loss by a Brazilian national team ever” and accepted all responsibility for the defeat. He called it “the worst day of my life.” He would resign as manager of the Brazilian National team after the tournament. Stand-in captain David Luiz and goalkeeper Júlio César both offered apologies to the people of Brazil. Fred, who was booed by Brazilian fans during the match, said it was the worst defeat in his and his teammates’ careers. Neymar expressed his support to his teammates and, despite the 7-1 score, his pride to be part of this team.

Brazilian footballing icon Pelé tweeted “I always said that football is a box of surprises. Nobody in this world expected this result”, followed by “We’ll get the sixth title in Russia. Congratulations to Germany”. Carlos Alberto Torres, the captain of Brazil’s winning team in 1970, said that the country lost due to a “feeling of ‘we’ve already won'”. He said, “Germany played how I like to see and Scolari’s tactics for this match were suicidal”

Germany’s players and managers offered words of consolation to the Brazilians. Germany coach Joachim Löw and players Per Mertesacker and Phillip Lahm even compared the pressure on the Brazilian team and resulting heartbreaking defeat with Germany’s own when they hosted the 2006 FIFA World Cup and also lost in the semifinals.

Löw said his team had “a clear, persistent game-plan”, and as they realised Brazil were “cracking up”, they took advantage as in contrast to the Brazilians’ nervousness the German players were “extremely cool” Löw insisted that the 7-1 win meant nothing for the upcoming final, saying “We didn’t celebrate. We were happy, but we still have a job to do”.

During the match, the German team seemed to realise that what was unfolding was not a normal football event. In a post-match statement, Mats Hummels said that the German team had decided that they did not want to humiliate the Brazilians during the second half and after the match.

Accordingly, the Germans cut theatrics from their goal celebrations; arms were raised but there was no jumping or screaming after scoring.

Löw observed in immediate aftermath of the match that the Brazilian people were applauding his team, and observers noted that the Germans had shown respect and class to the defeated hosts, in contrast to the behavior of Argentinian fans who celebrated Brazil’s elimination.

Mesut Özil offered consolation to the Brazilian people in a tweet “You have a beautiful country, wonderful people and amazing footballers – may this match not destroy your pride.”

Later the Brazilian newspaper O Globo expressed appreciation for the gestures of the German players, calling them “world champions of sympathy”.

Alejandro Sabella, coach of Argentina, struggled to explain Brazil’s loss, saying, “Football is illogical”.

In Germany, the match’s coverage by ZDF set a record for the country’s most watched TV broadcast ever, with 32.57 million viewers (87.8% of all viewers), beating the Germany v. Spain match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The match was the most discussed sports game ever on Twitter with over 35.6 million tweets.

The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, stated on Twitter following the match that “like all Brazilians, I am deeply saddened by our loss”. Due to the pressure on the home nation Brazil to win the World Cup and the subsequent shock of the loss, the media and FIFA dubbed the game the Mineirazo, meaning “The Mineirão blow”.

Following the match, German fans were escorted out of the stadium by police and police were put on alert. for possible riots. There were reports of a mass robbery at a fan party in Rio de Janeiro and of fans setting fire to Brazilian flags in the streets of São Paulo even before the match was over. A number of buses were burned across São Paulo and an electronics store looted.

Brazilian newspapers greeted the result with headlines such as “The Biggest Shame in History” (Lance!), a “Historical humiliation” (Folha) and “Brazil is slain” (O Globo). German paper Bild heralded the “7–1 Madness” by the “Lightning DFB team”. The French L’Équipe simply said, “Le Désastre” (The Disaster). Barney Ronay in The Guardian described it as “the most humiliating World Cup host nation defeat of all time” and Joe Callaghan of The Independent described it as “the darkest night in Brazil’s footballing history”.

South American football journalist Tim Vickery postulated that the all-time low the result represented might be the catalyst for over-due reform of Brazilian club football, which in his opinion had become complacent in comparison to other countries, resting on the laurels of the national team’s history of success. In his words, this was a chance for it to “recapture parts of its historic identity and reframe them in a modern, global context”.

 

Aftermath

On July 12, 2014 Brazil went on to lose 3-0 their second consecutive match when they faced Netherlands in the 3rd place play-off. Brazil’s first consecutive home defeats since 1940.

On July 13, 2014 Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in the final in extra-time and secured their fourth World Cup title, the first as unified Germany.

On July 15, 2014 Luiz Felipe Scolari resigned as head coach of Brazilian national team. Two weeks later, the Brazilian Football Confederation brought back Dunga as head coach.

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