Football is notorious for throwing up high drama, shocks and sensational moments but even the most optimistic fan didn't see the events that unfolded in the opening 35 minutes of the first semi-final of this incredible World Cup coming.
The end result was a butchering in Belo-Horizonte. Brazil turned up full of pride, passion and expectation but skill and a winning mentality won the day and this German side has it in abundance.
Much was made of the absence of captain Thiago Silva and golden boy Neymar. Many predicted that it would obviously hamper their chances, but Brazil being Brazil have always had the players to step up.
None of them did on this occasion, though, and they paid the ultimate price, not only going out of the tournament on their home soil but doing so in the most humiliating of circumstances.
To put this is perspective, Brazil shipped four goals in six minutes. This is the same number they had conceded for the entire tournament up to that point and it wasn't just the fact that they had been run over by a ruthless German side, it was the manner in which it happened.
It was visible on the German players' faces that they couldn't quite believe how easy it was. They looked almost embarrassed when Sami Khedira slotted in the fifth but there was no let up and Germany's super sub Andre Schurrle added a classy brace in the latter stages of the second half. It was a ruthless display of efficiency that had football purists purring.
Take nothing away from Germany, they were sensational. During this World Cup people have questioned the fact they have only taken one recognised out-and-out centre forward and too much midfield talent, but Miroslav Klose has silenced the doubters and is now the top goalscorer in World Cup history with 16 and he still has one more match to play to add to that.
It's a sublime achievement when you think that he has never been classed as world class or flashy but what's even more remarkable is that all of them have been in the box. Predator is a adjective that can easily be attributed to him.
There won't be anyone absolved from blame for Brazil. 'Phil' Scolari has already held his hands up and taken responsibility, captain for the night David Luiz apologised to the fans that remained and it was warranted as he was one of the prime suspects - along with Marcelo - for simple mistakes that cost his side dear.
Other players like Fernandinho, Fred and Luiz Gustavo all contributed absolutely nothing and Fernandinho's gift straight from kick-off gifted Kroos his second in two minutes. Fred was non-existent and the Brazil fans perhaps unfairly targeted him as the route of their problems when he was substituted. The blame could have been shared around the Brazil side and still have some left over for second helpings.
Before the tournament started, Hulk had been tipped to make an impression due to the looming scepticism over his ability and goal record. Needless to say, much like his compatriots he did not perform as expected. He didn't manage to score all tournament, had a goal disallowed against Chile and to top it off, he couldn't even score in the shoot-out as his penalty was saved.
Luckless may be a word that's thrown around but his overall style of play and over-reliance on power combined with a selfish striker's instinct doesn't make for a good match and he appeared wasteful throughout. He is alleged to be looking for a new club and based on these past few weeks, the evidence is he will be in Russia for some time to come.
The match itself started as a tight affair and who would question that notion after the spat of extra times and narrow wins since the knockout stages began? As the game got into its flow, Brazil looked menacing and keen to deal the early blow.
Thomas Muller put paid to that when he found himself completely unmarked by some schoolboy defending to put Germany ahead, however. Brazil then looked to get level immediately but Germany broke again and Klose doubled the lead. Then the famous six minutes of utter capitulation from Brazil followed.
It seemed like every time Germany had the ball they outnumbered Brazil by at least two men, quite the stat when you consider they were camped in their own half for much of this time.
Khedira and Kroos were the architects, Muller was a constant menace and Ozil had room to wander. The fact they were playing square passes into the box for easy finishes was a measure of how poor Brazil's defence really was.
After half-time, most of the fizz had gone but it still made for good viewing and Schurrle's introduction yielded two goals, with the latter being a contender for goal of the tournament after his finish from tight angle kissed the underside of the bar and left Julio Cesar asking the heavens what he had done wrong in his life to deserve this. Oscar's late consolation proved worthless and the final whistle was probably the best thing that happened to Brazil all night.
Germany favourites for glory
Germany now go onto the final to play Argentina and they will be confident that they can get the result to win them their first title in 24 years. They are masters of winning games against the odds and their attitude is spot on.
Youngsters may want to look at Manuel Neuer's reaction to conceding in the last minute as to what a winning attitude looks like. It will take a top performance from Argentina to stop this German juggernaut making history and taking the Jules Rimet trophy back home.
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