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Match Review: Yes!! You read the score line right!! (Brazil 1:7 Germany)

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July 8, 2014, World Cup 2014 Semi Final in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, will be firmly etched in the hearts and minds of all football fans around the world, especially of the football loving nation: Brazil as we were treated to world record match with a scintillating 7 star performance by Germany.

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Germany who have always been my personal favourite for upholding the cup this year were put up against the host Brazil, who in my opinion has been lucky in stumbling and crawling over slightly lesser competitive teams (Croatia, Mexico, Chile, Colombia) to reach thus far. This was their first face off in this World Cup against a worthy opponent: Germany who although not totally convincingly but still have been deservedly storming through their every match to come up against the host Brazil. Little could the fans around the world in canary yellow predict the ghastly and gruesome outcome of the next 90 minutes.

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The German slaughterhouse raised its shutter 11 minutes after the starting whistle with Toni Kroos passing a delicious corner to the chief German chef: Thomas Muller who cooked up a lip smacking goal with a little favourable seasoning from the poor Brazilian defence. Salt was further rubbed into the Brazilian wounds when 12 minutes later Miroslav Klose notched up the scoreline to make it 2 nothing. Furthermore with that goal, Klose surpassed the Brazilian legend: Ronaldo as the highest goal scorer in World Cup history infuriating the home crowd.

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Brazil was trying its best to fight back but the relentless and ruthless Germans were hard to overcome with their agile tactics and an unrivalled passing game. Following Klose’s record goal, there was frenzy of slashing and chopping in the German slaughterhouse as they made the score line 5 nothing in just 6 minutes with the chief architect of every successful German raid: Khadira and Kroos adding up at the expense of the famed Brazilian keeper: Julio Cesar who was reduced to a mere ball boy, picking the ball up from inside the net after every time it went through.

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Unbelievable as it may sound, five times world champions were being humiliates on their own soil. Defensively they were at their poorest form ever while on the offensive front I suppose the spectacularly athletic German keeper: Manuel Neuer must have caught up with a few short naps during the first half. While the fans in canary yellow wept in disbelief and outrage, the players just couldn’t wait to run back to the sanctuary of the dressing room at half time. The team must have received a word or two from the Brazilian coach: Scolari(who now faces flak from an entire enraged nation) to buoy his team’s spirits as the men came out all gun blazing in the second half.

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Normally when an attacker surpasses a defender and its just the keeper left to surpass, everyone expects a goal to come off it. But that’s never the case when Manuel Neuer is the goalkeeper. While a keeper usually stays inside his box, Neuer’s dominion encompasses a fourth of the entire field. Imposing and agile, Brazil finally gave Neuer a chance to stretch his muscles while his teammates with surgical precision made it 7 nothing by the 80th minute, both goals credited to Schurrle making this the worst ever defeat for Brazil in their star spangled footballing history. Brazil’s Oscar saved the reputation slightly (his own if not of his team) by scoring one in the last. And from the smiling German faces they might have just let themselves deliberately go easy at the very end.

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Although some Brazilian optimists might argue futilely that the absence of Thiago Silva and Neymar was the key factor in their humiliating performance, but even with the presence of both the key players, the German armada wouldn’t have been hindered in the slightest. Their game play and the plan of action that they laid out on the pitch was world class. With not single card credited to any of its players, Germany maintained class and character in crushing the life and soul out of an overly lucky Brazilian side who started the tournament confidently even after leaving behind key players like Kaka, Robinho and Ronaldinho from its squad that rested heavily on the shoulders of Neymar (maybe that’s why his spine gave out)

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Either way, Germany have a glorious Finale to look forward to in the hope of adding the fourth star to their jersey’s. However off the 8 finals Germany has been into, it has only won three so far. Consistent but failing sometimes at key moments has always been the biggest chink in the German armour and the one that the German coach: Joachim Low has resolved to patch-up.

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As an after thought it would be interesting to note the reaction of the Brazilian fans to the disappointing hosting topped by the debacle defeat that will spill into an outrage against the Government and Brazilian football authorities after the world event concludes on Sunday.

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Sushant Sharma
Photo Credits: FIFA

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