World Cup 2014 Semi-finals Match Report: Brazil 1 – Germany 7

9 Jul

el-mineirao-fue-sede-de-la-copa-confederacionesThis wasn’t the match report I wanted to be writing. I knew Germany was strong and that Brazil had stumbled their way through the tournament so far. But I was sure that this match at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte would be great.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d steeled myself in preparation of a Brazil loss. Sure, I hoped for a Brazil win but I prepared for the heartbreak of a loss. I just didn’t prepare for THIS loss. In many ways, this was more painful to me than USA being knocked out. Remember the manita? It feels a bit like that.

With that said, time to trudge on. Much thanks to meridiansour for doing the gif/photo searches for me while I was at work! It also saved me a bit of heartache.

Brazil:
Oscar (90’)

Germany: Müller (11’), Klose (23’), Kroos (24’, 26’), Khedira (29’), Schurrle (69’, 79’)

Lineups:

Brazil: Julio Cesar; Maicon, David Luiz, Dante, Marcelo; Luis Gustavo, Fernandinho; Bernard, Oscar, Hulk; Fred.

Germany: Manuel Neuer; Phillip Lahm, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Höwedes; Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos; Mesut Özil, Thomas Müller, Miroslav Klose.

Before the match began, Brazil players were seen arriving at the stadium wearing caps supporting Neymar. David Luiz, who was acting as captain in Thiago Silva’s absence, and Julio Cesar held up Neymar’s jersey during the anthem to remind him and the fans that he was still part of the team.

First Half:

For the first ten minutes it seemed Brazil might make a game of this. Their passing seemed to be fabulous and they seemed calm. But at 11’ Müller got on the end of a Kroos corner. The defense was abysmal and Müller was left completely alone just six yards out. The goal brought him to five so far in the tournament.

At 17’ Marcelo thought he had a call for a penalty but the ref saw Lahm’s tackle as good and didn’t make the call. The following corner was easily cleared by Germany. There was something in Brazil’s demeanor that left you with the feeling that maybe things were about to get worse. Their shoulders already seemed slumped.

At 23’ Miroslav Klose scored from about the same distance as Müller. His first shot was blocked well by Julio Cesar, but he was there for the rebound and placed it nicely in the back of the net.

tumblr_n8euweU4WF1qe6ixio2_500With 16 World Cup goals, Klose broke the record of a Brazilian in Brazil against Brazil. Ronaldo (Original Recipe and my favorite) had previously held the record with 15. Google created a pretty sweet doodle celebrating the 16th by Klose. Unfortunately, Miro didn’t do his flip in celebration.

Not even a minute later, Kroos made it three when Germany blasted down the right side. Kroos volleyed the cross from the penalty area and it fired into the bottom corner.

And one minute later it happened again. Again the defense of Brazil fell apart. Kroos received Khedira’s pass and put it in from about 10 yards out.

In the 29th minute, our lovely, headband-wearing Sami Khedira put the ball easily past Julio Cesar and three Brazilian defenders.

Germany continued to pressure Brazil. Fans thought that maybe Brazil had a chance when they earned a free kick on the left side of Neuer’s goal. But Luiz couldn’t get on the end of it and Germany cleared it easily.

The half came to a close and Scolari had a lot to talk about in the dressing room. This is basically what I looked like too. Maybe with a little more shock and anger.


Second Half:

If Liverpool came back from 3-0 down in the Champions League Final to beat Milan, and Arsenal once squandered a 4-0 lead against Newcastle, surely Brazil could come back from 5-0 down, right? This is Brazil. They can do the impossible. At least that’s what I kept telling myself.

To start the half, Hulk and Fernandinho were pulled for Ramires and Paulinho. Not the change I would have made, as I felt Hulk was a bit of life for Brazil but alas I am not the coach. And Low sat Mats Hummels, bringing in Per Mertesacker for a bit of BFG at the back.

Brazil started the half in a positive way. Around 53’ Oscar fired toward the bottom right corner and forced Neuer to make a great save.

At 58’ Klose made way for Andre Schurrle to applause from even the Brazil fans. And just 10 minutes later, Schurrle made his presence felt. He beat Julio Cesar after a pass from Lahm and placed the ball nicely in the goal. Poor Cesar could do nothing but lay there.

Scolari finally made the change I would have made when he pulled Fred at 71’ and sent in Willian.

79th minute and Schurrle, who I think has been quite fabulous this tournament, made it 7 for Germany. He absolutely slammed the ball into the net from the left. It was a stunning goal, quite frankly. It left Cesar in tears (and me too).

Only 10 minutes later and Germany just weren’t letting up. Mesut Ozil gathered the ball and nearly made it an 8th goal but shot directly at Cesar, whose confidence was clearly rattled. Can you blame him?

For some unknown reason (perhaps to get that consolation goal?) the ref, who distributed no cards during the match, added 2 minutes of extra time. Oscar took that chance well and scored in the 91st minute with a classic Oscar move. Any other time, the analysts would love it. A long pass forward saw Oscar on the end of it. He cut inside and beat Neuer to the right.

Oscar had to be consoled by Thiago Silva and Klose, in all of his class (I do love him) also gave a sympathetic pat on the back.

Speaking of Klose, he was hugged lovingly for breaking the goal scoring record.

Germany applauded their fans after the match. I appreciate it so much when the teams appreciate their fans.

David Luiz is my happy place on most days. I’m not even a Chelsea fan and if I ever need a smile, I find photos of happy, goofy Sideshow Bob. So this interview, when he said that all he wanted to do was make the Brazilian people smile, absolutely destroyed me.

This, as meridiansour wrote to me, pretty much sums up the game.

tumblr_n8evgrenzs1t8qzq8o1_500I’m not a Dani Alves fan. But this was class from him. He sat on the bench for the whole match and suffered through this match with his team and the fans. And this response from him on Instagram was beautiful.

If someone can translate this better than me, please do! My Portuguese is weak and this took me entirely too long to translate. The English translation of his message:

“I want to take this moment which is hard for all of us who chose football as a profession and were chosen to represent our country in this world cup. I would say that, for me to share with you all this time was an unmatched pleasure. I know a lot of assholes will make fun. I know a lot of losers in the biggest game in the world, which is the book of life, will rejoice. But I would like to say publicly that you are fucking (amazing). I am privileged to be part of this group. You are the best. You are champions where all these assholes will never be, because you have excelled and succeeded in winning life. Today you are not respected here, but the rest of the world I’m sure you are. Bad days comes into our lives to learn to appreciate the good days in a way that only when we have bad days can we realize!”

And finally, this joyous photo of Michael Ballack (thank you Alexi Lalas) has made my past 24 hours just a bit better.

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-mygypsyspirit

11 Responses to “World Cup 2014 Semi-finals Match Report: Brazil 1 – Germany 7”

  1. CinematiqueChic July 9, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    I was pretty neutral on this, maybe slightly rooting for Germany because I figured they’d have a better chance to win the final, and all I really care about is Argentina or Netherlands losing. But that was so hard to watch. I feel so bad for Brazil, and David Luiz’s interview absolutely killed me.

    Lately, Dani Alves has been pretty classy all around. I started to soften on him a bit after the banana incident and then how he acted with James Rodriguez after the Colombia match. I’m falling prey to the Dani Alves charm offensive!

  2. Natalie July 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    I was catching this game between work trips to the kitchen, i lost count what # goal i was watching, a replay or a live game. This was un freaking believable!! I knew Germany would win but to completely humiliate brazil like that, no way.
    If anything they where kind on them and didn’t score 5 more as they so could have.
    I hope Brazil gets 3rd place as a consolation prize but i don’t think it will help much.

  3. Katie Ann July 9, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    Seconding the remarks on Dani Alves being classy. And on David Luiz- oh, god, I just wanted to hug him! I was rooting for Germany, so I’m thrilled that they won (and that Michael Ballack was so happy! I love that picture!), but I still feel for Brazil. That was a heartbreaker.

    • mygypsyspirit July 9, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

      Yeah, seems I’m the only Brazil fan in the circles I run in haha

      • Anonymous July 10, 2014 at 4:37 am #

        No you’re not. Most of us are just too stunned and saddened to even put our thoughts into words. This is just unbelievably heartbreakin. If you thought the humiliation was complete with this loss you’ll stand corrected if their biggest rivals in Argentina wins the WC in their country. Lord please have mercy!!!!

  4. hopechaser July 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

    I still don’t understand what Scolari was thinking not playing Alves? Did I miss something, was he injured? When backs are against the wall, he can drive the defense like few others at this level. And leaving it so late for Rami was crazy. The game was gifted away by poor tactics from the start, and it shouldn’t have been Germany aren’t particularly great even with all the talent. Reading people hailing them as putting on a master class in football here was ridiculous.

    • mygypsyspirit July 10, 2014 at 12:38 am #

      I figured I’d alienated a bunch of people on twitter when I said that Germany didn’t play exceptionally well but that Brazil had played that badly. Then again, I probably alienated them when I started raging… I’d never seen it in my 25 years of watching the sport.

      I also found an article saying that placing ALL the blame on David Luiz’s shoulders was unjust and I have to agree.

      • hopechaser July 10, 2014 at 11:59 am #

        Many people just focus on the goals and don’t really care about the actual playing of the game. All about the win. None of the last 4 teams have played all that well. The best games at this WC for me involved teams “people” barely cared about.

        Agree, Luiz was not solely at fault. He is an easy target because he likes to meander. But any coach paying attention knows he must be paired with someone who can take the defense duties over momentarily when he is moving forward. At Chelsea he was usually paired with Mikel or Rami in the holding role and Terry or Cahill in the CB role. They knew to stay ‘stuck’ in support of him. All about checks and balances.

        • mygypsyspirit July 10, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

          One of the things that’s made Brazil so “them” is that their back love to get forward. But it does leave those holes. One of the reasons I love Marcelo so much is that he makes some great runs down the wing. But you’re correct. Someone needs to fill that hole in the back.

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