Germany have sent shockwaves through the 2014 World Cup, destroying host nation Brazil 7-1 in their semi-final at the Estadio Mineirao this morning to reach July 13th’s final showdown.
Outsiders in early betting markets to progress past the pre-tournament favourites and into their second World Cup Final since the turn of the century, Germany began to figure as a real contenders when key Brazilians Neymar and Captain Thiago Silva were ruled out through injury and suspension respectively.
Sensing a slightly timid, weakened opponent, Germany did what they do best; immediately going for the throat and pressing into Brazil’s half, laying the pressure on the defensive line.
A standout player for his nation once again at the 2014 World Cup, it seemed only right Golden Boot contender Thomas Muller should open the scoring; blasting home a chance in just the eleventh minute to put the European powerhouse in clear control.
Continuing to maintain possession in the Brazilian half, Germany never looked like squandering their efforts and amazingly sealed their place in the 2014 World Cup Final with four incredible goals over a six minute period.
First, veteran striker Miroslav Klose scored to break the all-time World Cup scorers record with a total of 16 from four tournaments in the 23rd minute, before a stunning brace within two minutes from Tony Kroos was capped with a smart finish from Sami Khedira in the 29th minute, pegging the score amazingly at 5-0 at the half-hour mark.
Continuing to lay the pressure, Germany were unlucky not to find another in the dying stages of the first half but still found the break with an unbeatable lead.
Returning in typically impressive form, Germany again pushed towards Brazil’s 18-yard box but appeared to lack a final touch.
Identifying the need for a fresh striker, Manager Joachim Low substituted Klose for Andre Schurrle on the hour mark; a move which would be paid off just ten minutes later when the Chelsea man slotted Germany’s sixth in the 69th minute before pulling the lead out to seven in the 79th.
Out of the game from the 20th minute, Brazil were clearly begging for the full time whistle and were offered a consolation through the boot of Oscar in the final minute of regular time.
Expected to cruise through to the 2014 World Cup Final, Brazil snuck their way to the final four on the back of some particularly close contests, and will now have to play the loser of semi-final two to determine third and fourth placings.
For Germany, a position in the World Cup final has been more than warranted via impressive play and several resounding victories. They will now face the winner of tomorrow morning’s semi between Argentina and The Netherlands on July 13th.