The build up to this game had been focused one man, the jewel in Brazil's footballing crown, the heir to Pele: Neymar.
Before kick off against Germany in this World Cup semi-final, questions were being asked about how capable Brazil would be of beating Germany without their star man. And yet perhaps it was not Neymar who was so vitally missed as Brazil's actual captain and rock at the heart of the defence, Thiago Silva.
Silva badly missed
Without Thiago Silva's presence, the Brazilian defence appeared to crumble within the first half an hour as Maicon, Dante, Luiz and Marcelo looked to have absolutely no communication or sense of discipline. It was Muller who opened scoring for Germany with a well guided low volley from a corner, amidst a sea of disorganised yellow shirts.
When Klose made it two with a rebound to a parried shot in the 23rd minute, the floodgates opened. A further brace from Toni Kroos and a goal from Sami Khedira told the tale of a first half which saw Brazil's World Cup dreams go up in smoke. Fans broke down in tears in the crowd, and it was hard to watch as rampant Germany eased their way through again and again.
Schurrle piles on the misery
Despite better attacks in the second half in an early rally, Germany proceeded to add further humiliation with two goals from Schurrle. A 90th minute Oscar goal was the only moment of any relief for the home nation as they had to watch their side be completely decimated by this ruthlessly efficient outfit. Germany at times passed Brazil to death and while it is fair to say Brazil were fairly appalling, especially in the first half, Germany still made it count by putting them to the sword.
Whoever faces Germany in the final will have a huge task on their hands, with them now being one match away from becoming the first ever European team to win a World Cup in South America - something which would go down in history as one of the greatest international achievements of all time.
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