Germany routs Brazil 7-1, reaches World Cup final

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Germany routs Brazil 7-1, reaches World Cup final
Germany's Mesut Ozil scores his side's second goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Germany and Algeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Monday, June 30, 2014. Germany beat Algeria 2-1 in extra time to set up World Cup quarterfinal match vs France. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Brazil's forward Fred warms up during the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 8, 2014. ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Germany's Andre Schuerrle is congratulated by team manager Oliver Bierhoff, left, after the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Germany and Algeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Monday, June 30, 2014. Germany beat Algeria 2-1 in extra time to set up World Cup quarterfinal match vs France. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Supporters in Brazilian colors pose for a photograph prior to the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Brazil supporters hold a poster depicting Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger wearing a Germany shirt prior to the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
A Brazil supporter holds a Brazil scarf prior to the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Brazil's defender David Luiz warms up during the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 8, 2014. VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
A German soccer fan watches the match after the kick off of the Ghana team during the soccer World Cup 2014 match Germany vs Ghana at a public viewing zone in Chemnitz, central Germany, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Brazil supporters hold posters and cheer prior to the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, left, walks past Algeria's Sofiane Feghouli after the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Germany and Algeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Monday, June 30, 2014. Germany beat Algeria 2-1 in extra time to set up World Cup quarterfinal match vs France. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A Brazil soccer fan looks at her crown of flowers in a mirror as she makes her way to Mineirao Stadium for the World Cup semifinal game between Brazil and Germany in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Bruno Magalhaes)
A Brazil supporter poses with his face paint before the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer stands as he drinks from a cup while the German team inspects the pitch before the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Fans of Brazil's national soccer team, wait for the start of the World Cup semifinal match between Brazil and Germany, in the FIFA Fan Fest area, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
A Brazil supporter smiles holding a toy of mascot 'Fuleco' before the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Brazilian supporters show a banner for injured superstar Neymar outside the stadium prior the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A German supporter smiles to the photographer outside the stadium prior the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A Brazilian supporter singing fan songs outside the stadium prior the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
German fans show a flag and a copy of the trophy outside the stadium prior the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Brazil supporters arrive at the Mineirao Stadium for the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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Brazil's defender David Luiz enters the pitch during the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 8, 2014. ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Photographers gather ahead of the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on July 8, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images
A Brazilian supporter cheers for her team ahead of the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on July 8, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images
Brazil's defender Thiago Silva, absent for this match after picking up a second yellow card, looks on before the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 8, 2014. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
Fisheye picture showing the Belo Horizonte Mineirao stadium before the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 8, 2014. FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images
Fans of Germany pose before the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 8, 2014. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari (C) speaks to his players during a training session at the Granja Comary training complex in Teresopolis on July 6, 2014 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Germany fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to kickoff during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Brazil's players take part in a training session at the Granja Comary training complex in Teresopolis on July 7, 2014 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Brazil play Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup on July 8. VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The tears started flowing before half time, and by the end of a 7-1 shellacking in the World Cup semifinal, millions across Brazil were in dazed, damp-eyed disbelief.

The national team wasn't just defeated by a powerful German team. It was routed in front of the entire world, humiliated at its own party. Young and old, Brazilians shared in the anguish of what many were already calling a national calamity, the worst loss in its team's storied World Cup history.

A rain of seven goals by the powerful Germany team devastated the Brazilian soccer faithful who packed onto the golden sands of Copacabana beach to watch the match.

With Brazil's star striker Neymar out injured and captain Thiago Silva suspended for the match, it quickly became clear the Brazilians couldn't handle the Germans.

"The problem is psychological," said Brazil fan Fabio Fontes. "It would be normal for the team to lose against Germany, but not in this fashion."

To make matters worse, at the Fan Fest viewing area on Copacabana beach, hundreds of people stampeded out as a gang of young men carried out a mass robbery, running through crowd, inciting panic and snatching necklaces and bags along the way.

That, coupled with the crushing game, sent many fans heading home.

With Brazil tossed out of its own World Cup in such rough fashion, "you are going to have the most depressed country ever," Pablo Ramoz said.

Brazil spent billions of dollars preparing for the tournament, with expectations that home advantage could deliver Brazil a sixth title, but the high cost also ignited intense anger and protests against the World Cup, with demonstrators lamenting the costs when the nation is saddled with woeful public services.

Few thought Germany's stomping of Brazil would spark renewed mass protests - but it is certain to put a severely sour taste back into the mouths of the nation's fans.

In Sao Paulo, Brazil's biggest city, thousands gathered in the Bohemian neighborhood of Vila Madalena, the streets carpeted with yellow, green and blue - the colors of the Brazilian flag.

Fan Samir Kelvin clung to a street pole and loudly cried: "I have nothing left! I am Brazilian and humiliated I want to kill myself!"

Nearby, a woman cried out "What shame, what shame!" as a man nearby was banging his head against a bar table.

After Germany scored an early goal samba groups simply stopped drumming in apparent shock. More goals followed and silence overtook bars as fans stared sadly at TV screens.

A large group of fans gathered at a 600-unit apartment complex in Rio couldn't believe what they had witnessed.

Jorge Cardoso, an engineer, blamed the loss on the injury that sidelined Neymar and the benching of Silva for accumulating two yellow cards during the tournament.

He said simply: "It's like someone you love has died."

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Associated Press writer Alan Clendenning contributed to this report.

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