Fernandinho’s Brazil crash out of World Cup 2014
- 08 July 2014 22:50
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Brazil’s World Cup dream is over after a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the FIFA World Cup semi-final.
Fernandinho’s side were well beaten with an hour left on the clock after a devastating seven-minute spell which saw Joachim Löw’s men net four goals between the 23rd and 30th minutes.
Thomas Müller gave Germany the lead after 11 minutes, before Toni Kroos hit a brace on either side of Miroslav Klose’s record-breaking tap-in and Sami Khedira’s sweep home after half an hour.
Though it was much too late to influence the result, Brazil did improve for 15 minutes after the break but by that time they had long known that their final involvement in this year’s tournament would be Saturday’s third and fourth place play-off in Brasilia.
Andre Schurrle compounded the misery with goals in the 70th and 80th minutes to make it 7-0 before Oscar replied with a late strike that could hardly even be regarded as a consolation.
After impressive displays against Cameroon, Chile and Colombia, it was a night to forget for Fernandinho, who was starting his third-successive World Cup match, lining up at the base of midfield alongside Luiz Gustavo.
The City midfielder was powerless to halt tide after tide of red and black shirts piling forward to lay waste to the Brazilian defence and he was replaced at the half-time break by Ramires.
No teams have played more World Cup matches than Brazil and Germany but, incredibly, they have only met in the finals once before - in the final of the competition 12 years ago.
"In that tournament, Brazil got the better of the three-time champions, thanks to a brace from Ronaldo in a 2-0 win."
...Brazil v Germany: Match report...
2002 was the last occasion the Seleção reached the last four but this time they were without their golden boy Neymar, who suffered a fractured vertebra in their 2-1 quarter-final victory over Colombia, meaning Bernard started in his place.
Thiago Silva was also missing through suspension, opening the door for Bayern Munich defender Dante to come into the side as captain-for-the-night David Luiz’s partner in the heart of the back four.
Ex-Blue Maicon retained his place at right-back, while former striker Jo was once again kept in reserve by Luiz Felipe Scolari and Jerome Boateng was included in the opposition XI.
Germany became the first nation to reach four successive semi-finals when they overcame France in the last round and no team have kept more than their three cleans sheets in the competition.
Could Brazil reach their eight World Cup final without, arguably, their two most important players, or would Löw’s side spoil the party in Belo Horizonte?
Although the hosts started brightly, Germany’s menace on the counter-attack was evident every time Brazil lost possession and they silenced the Estádio Mineirão in the 10th minute when Müller volleyed home.
World Cup 2010’s Golden Boot winner was left unmarked on the back post when he met Kroos’s corner with a sidefoot on his instep, leaving Julio Cesar with no chance, notching his fifth goal of the tournament.
"Just when it looked like Brazil were steadying the ship and on the hunt for an equaliser, a disastrous seven minute spell took the game away from the five-time champions, starting in the 23rd minute."
...Brazil v Germany: Match report...
Kroos struck twice, Klose broke the all-time World Cup goalscoring record and Khedira added a fifth just before the half-hour mark to end the match as a contest with an hour still left.
It was a humbling experience for Scolari’s men as a rampant Germany cut through them time and again, with an incredible display of incisive passes through the lines, intelligent movement off the ball and devastating finishing.
The majority inside the stadium booed at the half-time whistle as they faced the imminent prospect of losing a World Cup semi-final for the first time in seven attempts.
Fernandinho and Hulk were withdrawn at the break but Brazil were surely only seeking to avoid further humiliation rather than chase a sporting miracle of unprecedented proportions.
They had a few presentable opportunities to reduce the deficit within ten minutes of the restart but Manuel Neuer was a towering presence in the German goal, saving well from Ramires, Oscar and Paulinho.
Brazil’s mini-revival was brought to an abrupt end on 68 minutes when Schurrle notched the sixth goal of the night to give Germany the competition’s biggest-ever semi-final win.
The Chelsea man added another ten minutes later and it was the pick of the bunch – a thumping volley which crashed in off the underside of the crossbar, drawing applause from shell-shocked home supporters.
Oscar finally beat Manuel Neuer in the 90th minute, completing the scoring in one of the most stunning matches in footballing history.
They will all hope to be lining up for Argentina in their semi-final against the Netherlands on Wednesday night.