The word reverberated around the Estádio Mineirão as the match drew towards its conclusion. This was how it was supposed to be.
Except the cries of satisfaction weren’t for the eleven men wearing the famous yellow shirt of Brazil, they were for the destructive Germans that had dismantled them.
Brazil’s supporters had spent much of the semi-final booing what they were witnessing from their men, but this was a sign of appreciation for the beautiful horror show that was occurring in-front of their eyes.
This wasn’t just a defeat for Brazil in Belo Horizonte, it was a humiliation. An embarrassment of the highest order, yet for as poor as Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side were, Germany were equally as brilliant.
Toni Kroos was mesmeric, Sami Khedri was a powerhouse, Mesut Ozil was evasive, Thomas Muller was remarkable. As a team they were relentless and created what will surely be one of the finest team-performances in footballing history.
The first of Germany’s seven goals was scored in the 11th minute, before the half-hour mark they were 5-0 up. It was a ceaseless annihilation that didn’t stop until the moment they allowed Oscar a last-minute consolation to make the score 7-1.
This is the first time Brazil have lost on their own soil in 39 years. Many supporters in the stadium had never seen their own nation lose a competitive match in their native country and they didn’t quite know how to react.
For the tournament so far the stadiums have been a vibrant sea of colour and noise. It was silent for much of the match and even the lights in the stadium went out at half-time. By that time they had on Brazil’s World Cup campaign, too.
Germany aren’t getting carried away, though. Whilst most nations would have dined out on this feast of footballing brilliance, Der Mannschaft will not let it affect their overall goal: to win the World Cup.
“The lads aren’t euphoric – they’re happy and satisfied to be in the final but we’re not getting carried away,” Joachim Loew, the German manager who masterminded this success, said.
Loew has faced critcism from a select few during this World Cup so far. His persistence in playing Philipp Lahm in central-midfield during the group-stages was placed under scrutiny, as was his trust in Ozil. Germany had been efficient, but not breathtaking up until tonight.
And yet, now, he is not keen to wallow in his success. He has silenced the doubters. Bild newspaper ran with the headlines ‘no words’, and although it was to express their lack of superlatives at Germany’s performance it summarises exactly how those who have questioned him feel.
Deep-down, he must feel personally vindicated, but whilst their performance may have sent shockwaves across the world, the squad remains stable and grounded.
"We can't run away with ourselves. We haven't reached our goal yet." Muller said.
“We’re here to become world champions, we’re happy and relieved to go through – but there’s still one game to go,” Kroos, the scorer of two of tonight’s goals, agreed.
But whilst Germany may not be keen to reflect on their performance tonight, the rest of the footballing world will.
It would only be fitting if they were able to lift the World Cup on Sunday because this wasn't just a regulation win, it was the performance of champions.
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