Brazil vs Germany
Brazil vs Germany
A lot to cover here…
We didn’t expect Brazil’s luck to hold out much longer as they had good fortune in every game. It ran out in this one though, it ran out big time.
Brazil for the first ten minutes looked ok, they passed the ball around well and looked to have a degree of urgency. I didn’t expect them to make it past Germany but few could have seen such a whitewash. The host nation, one with a proud footballing heritage were picked apart by some GREAT German football.
Seven goals for Germany in a semi-final is pretty magical stuff really and they were good, very good but it is tempered by just how poor Brazil were. It was like watching a heavy weight boxer well past his prime coming out of retirement…it was painful. I’ve been pretty critical of Brazil for the whole tournament and they aren’t the powerhouse they once were. They are more physical now and less Samba style but they are still packed with household names.
These household names stood up for 11 minutes, then Muller hit them. The German forward was alone, in acres of space as the ball came in. With his right foot he fired it past the keeper leaving Julio Cesar no chance. Was it non-existent marking or a well worked play by Germany, I think the later.
Hulk kept up his sadly poor tournament missing the chance to make it even.
Miroslav Klose scores the 2nd on the 23rd minute making him the highest World Cup goal scorer of all time, some feat! Another thing Brazil didn’t want to happen in this game of all games! He should have scored on the first shot but Cesar parried it but you don’t want to give him a second chance and he took it sweetly. Brazil were buckling now.
David Luiz (never a fan) seems to not understand what it is to play in a position. Gary Neville said something along the line of him being like a kid on an Xbox and he is. Nobody wants a central defender who doesn’t track back and plays as a shadow striker.
Toni Kroos scored on the 24th minute to really add salt in the wound. Brazil are all over the show and the Germans are not letting them off to save their blushes. This is a mauling. Great interplay around the box leaves Kroos to up the embarrassment.
Two minutes later and Kroos is at it again, showing why he is such a highly rated talent. On the 26th minute to make people wonder what on earth is going on. The place falls silent now except for the German crowd who are loving it. A simple counter attack and Khadira lays it on a plate for Kroos to tap it home.
Now, you know it’s BAD when Kadira gets on the score sheet. As a defensive midfielder getting in on the action is pretty bad as he isn’t normally much of a goal threat. Ozil does well brining in Klose and then Khedira finished the move off which he stated to begin with. That is FIVE!
Fernandinho stopped Kroos’s hat-trick with a timely block on the 32nd minute as well.
Finally Half Time
Germany have had 9 shots on target and scored 5, impressive work in the first half.
As the second half begins it is clear that Brazil are not coming back from this, not even they could do that. Not even with a home advantage as you could see the crowd were crestfallen and even beginning to side with the Germans as their play was nothing short of a master class.
Hulk was taken off for Ramires (not a good move in my book as they needed a few goals and Luiz to remember he is a defender). The big Per Mertesacker was also replaced by the outstanding Mats Hummels in the German defence. I suspect saving the big man for the final. Fernandinho was taken off for Paulinho as well.
Neuer deserves special praise here as he was excellent in goal. Brazil did have some chances (not enough to turn it around mind you) but they had some teeth still. Muller pushed for more goals also and did well.
The game really turned into a range of who was good and who wasn’t. Bernard, Fred, Luiz, Hulk, Marcelo and others were shocking really. Germany on the other hand didn’t get much wrong, they were simply efficient and professional.
In the 69th minute Schurrle scored his first making it 6-0! He then showed his class again scoring ten minutes later as the rising Chelsea star hit a tight angle to beat the Brazilian keeper. The ball hit the underside of the crossbar leaving Cesar picking the ball out of his net for a 7th time.
It was nearly eight. After a bad miss for Ozil near the end. He did all the hard work bursting clear with just the keeper to beat but he struck it wide.
The downside or the funny thing (depending on your view) was that in the 90th minute Brazil did score a consolation goal with Oscar firing in a well taken shot. It was obviously too little too late.
Simply put Brazil were publicly executed! There is no saving grace for them as the crowd were against them and the footballing world was stunned. Brazil were poor and deserve the shame they will get for this. A proud footballing nation slaughtered just shy of a home turf world cup final. They had ridden their luck before running into a very strong Germany.
I expected Germany to win but never by so many goals. There will be some cheap Brazilian players for sale I suspect now. The Belo Horizonte massacre ended Brazil vs Germany (1-7). WOW!