Simple as that. The record books were completely rewritten in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday evening as Germany swept aside the World Cup hosts with the biggest semifinal win in competition history. Miroslav Klose also broke Ronaldo’s record and became the World Cup’s all-time leading goalscorer.
For Brazil meanwhile it was misery all around. It was their first competitive loss since 1975, a span that stretched 63 games and their first home loss in any competition since 2002. The six goal difference is also the largest since Uruguay beat them 6-0 back in 1920.
Here is how players and coaches reacted to the historic 7-1 win:
Joachim Löw: “Today it was important today to meet this passion and emotion from Brazil with composure, clarity and of course with courage and with our own strengths. They were shocked after our goals and then the game became easy for us. Everyone did their role brilliantly. We played well offensively and combined outstandingly. A little humility is also good now. We need to be careful now to stay concentrated for Sunday.”
Wolfgang Niersbach (DFB Preisdent): “It’s a historic day for German football and football all over the world. It was an unbelievable performance that can’t be described with words. The word ‘sensational’ is not enough and ‘fairytale’ too weak. Five goals in 10 minutes at the highest level. That was football from another world. I am happy for the coach and the team. Now we can’t let it slip. On Sunday we have a chance to take next big step and get the fourth star.”
Oliver Bierhoff (Team manager): “The Brazilians lost themselves at one point. We were good enough to take advantage of that. But you could feel today that we were the better team. But nothing is achieved yet, whether we won 2:1 or 7:1. We’re going into the final again 50:50”
Thomas Müller: “That was of course unexpected. But you can see how differently games can turn out. Take the Algeria game for example again. Brazil played differently, won the ball quickly and then the space was bigger than against teams that are more defensively oriented. We used those in the first half. Along the way you are broken as an opponent. But we haven’t reached our goal yet. We will again give it our all to win the whole thing.”
Miroslav Klose: “It’s difficult now after a game like this. We started really well. That we function well is noticeable in training. We’re just together, even the players on the bench. We analyze our opponents well. It is important that our standards bear out. Today we saw that with the 1:0. Toni always brings the ball where it needs to go and that is always a great strength. We have to continue working on that.”
Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil coach): “We ask forgiveness from the people, please forgive these errors. I am responsible for this and what the team showed on the field and for the result. I am sorry that we didn’t reach our goal. It is not normal to concede four goals in six minutes but it happens.”
Julio Cesar (Goalkeeper Brazil): “It is not easy to explain. We have to admit that Germany simply played very well. The Germans were very strong. After the first goal we came apart, no one understood that. We’re going home now to hug our families. Congratulations to Germany. We’re a strong team. I’m sure our players will get back up again.”
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