Brazil 1-7 Germany - the greatest sporting moment of 2014

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With Christmas now a distant memory, and the champagne being readied to usher in the New Year, we've reached GiveMeSport's number one sporting moment of 2014. And, it just had to be Germany's emphatic 7-1 victory over Brazil at the World Cup.

It was a win that sent shockwaves across the globe, spearheading the front pages as well as the back and sending Joachim Low's side through to a final they would eventually win in order to become the first European team to win the competition on South American soil.

Pre-match talk

All the pre-match talk was of Brazil's date with destiny. A final at the Maracana was meant to be the setting of their coronation on home soil. Poster boy Neymar had seen his competition ended by Colombia's Juan Zuniga but, in his absence, they were expected to rally to reach the promise land.

Germany were surprising underdogs given their outstanding form, but ruining the party was a long shot. This was a side defeated at this hurdle in 2006 and 2010. They would choke again. Surely, they would choke again…

Stunning match

But they did not choke. There was nothing spluttering or choke-worthy about their performance. It was a display of ruthlessness, style and panache, now etched into footballing folklore as the standout result in the entire history of the competition.

Thomas Muller was left unmarked to score an opener but any hopes of a comeback were quickly extinguished as the German juggernaut clicked into gear. Soon, within the space of three stunning minutes, they were out of sight. Miroslav Klose added insult to injury by dethroning hosts' legend Ronaldo as the tournament's highest-ever scorer, before a brace from Toni Kroos had them four goals to the good.

Sami Khedira added a fifth shortly afterwards to turn the tears of the Brazilian fans inside the stadium into a waterfall, and to reduce a stadium that was brimming with excitement into a mortuary for the footballing bereaved. Luis Felipe Scolari could only watch as all his side's planning and hard-work was undone by a Deutschland demolition job. And it only got worse.

Centre-back Mats Hummels would later say that the Germans eased off, but a quick-fire second-half brace from Andre Schurrle only made matters worse. Chelsea midfielder Oscar scored a contender for the most pointless goal of all time for the home side, but by that time the autopsies and inquests were already out in full force.

Eventual triumph

Their decision to take their foot of the pedal in the second-half was ultimately one that saw them lift the glittering golden gong aloft a few days later, with Mario Gotze striking to see off Alejandro Sabella's Argentina in the final.

Any hopes of a blitz were extinguished as the game descended into a tactical battle in the centre of the park, but once the Bayern Munich superstar turned in Schurrle's cross the only thing that mattered were the winners medals around their neck and a fourth World Cup win to their name.


2. Germany win the World Cup
3. Luis Suarez bites Giorgio Chiellini
4. Real Madrid finally win La Decima
5. Lewis Hamilton becomes F1 champion for a second time
6. Carl Froch knocks out George Groves in re-match at Wembley
7. Lizzy Yarnold wins skeleton gold at Sochi Winter Olympics
8. Derek Jeter retires from baseball
9. Europe retain the Ryder Cup
10. Oscar Pistorious convicted of killing Reeva Steenkamp
11. Rory McIlroy wins back-to-back majors
12. Atletico Madrid win La Liga
13. Liverpool's title challenge unravels
14. Liverpool's dramatic victories
15. David Moyes sacked by Manchester United
16. LeBron James confirms sensational Cleveland Cavaliers return
17. Seattle Seahawks blow out Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII
18. Jo Pavey wins European gold
19. Robin van Persie's remarkable header against Spain
20. Michael Sam comes out and gets drafted by Rams
21. Andy Murray crashes out of Wimbledon
22. James Rodriguez won our hearts and the golden boot
23. Peyton Manning breaks Brett Favre's Touchdown record
24. Richard Sherman's outburst live on TV
25. Chelsea rout Arsenal 6-0
26. Ashes whitewash and Kevin Pietersen sacking
27. San Francisco Giants win the World Series
28. Angel di Maria signs for Manchester United
29. Wayne Rooney named England captain
30. Bradley Wiggins wins the world title

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