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Germany routs Brazil 7-1, reaches World Cup final

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."


Associated Press writer Alan Clendenning contributed to this report.

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Ana Maria Moron July 08 2014 at 6:35 PM

Brazil should never be on this world cup. they never played good. they just played ruthless. Never showed good soccer, so they got what they deserve.

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Jay July 08 2014 at 6:41 PM

Nothing like playing the Germans really puts into perspective what Brazil hoped that it could do.......and that was to win the World Cup. I mean for anyone that watched the match the Germans were being nice because the score could have been about 15 to 1 had the issue been pressed. Oh well all that can be said now is bye bye Brazil!!!

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zhubin_zarindast Jay July 08 2014 at 6:55 PM

The score could have been 9-3. Which is the same goal difference as 7-1. So that's besides the point. The point was that despite being hosts and being on home turf, EMOTIONS and DISORGANIZATION are no-nos. EMOTIONS and DISORGANIZATION have no meaning in Deutsch.

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bigdeal111 July 08 2014 at 6:20 PM

What a Team.!!!! I think they will win the Cup.!!!!

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robbhoek July 08 2014 at 7:17 PM

The Germans showed a perfect game of team work. The Brazilians did not show any team work and that did them in. Every player tried to become a national hero.

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aatomicpunk robbhoek July 09 2014 at 1:40 AM

yep and remember a hero is nothing but a sandwich

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Ana Maria Moron July 08 2014 at 6:35 PM

Great Germany.

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prettyorbie July 08 2014 at 6:30 PM

I am happy someone beat Brazil. They are so full of themselves. Germany sure beat the crap out of them and turned around and did it again.

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aristars July 08 2014 at 6:08 PM

Congratulation! Go Germany!

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Alex Xelasc July 08 2014 at 6:27 PM

The germans show up with an appetite for destruction.

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fairfaxeagle July 08 2014 at 8:23 PM


the Brazilian goal keeper reminded me of this cartoon where a goofy juvenile was supposed to be the Goal Keeper on his very first game . His mum was with him as a moral booster .
The kid was screaming this: " Look mother how good I am ,they have been trying to hurt me 10 times but 10 times I was always able to avoid the ball ". :)

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themevariations fairfaxeagle July 08 2014 at 8:35 PM


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gmjonn themevariations July 09 2014 at 9:04 AM

It was a BAD day alright!

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jdethlefsen2 July 08 2014 at 9:55 PM

I am a German was is living in the USA for 31 years, my heart is now for the US Team and they played very well in this competition , otherwise the German team was not this good in the previous games, so this is a very nice surprise from this team and I wish them the best for the final game on sunday............. so.lets go the final step to the trophy!!!!!!

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poloperlib jdethlefsen2 July 08 2014 at 10:01 PM

Yes, the US team did indeed played very well in the competition and based on today's pathetic performance by Brasil the US team is as good as any other team in this World Cup. Remember, the US team lost to Germany only by 1-0 not 7-1 in the group of death.

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loveeurope2 jdethlefsen2 July 08 2014 at 11:25 PM

You are right. But it is important to know when you have to be on your A game. It is not important how you start, but how you finish.

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