(BRAZIL) – On Tuesday, the first semifinal was played between the host nation Brazil and Germany, who had recently beaten France to qualify for the semifinals. Brazil, on the other hand, had beaten Colombia before qualifying for the semifinals. In terms of stats, Brazil was by far a better team than Germany. However, Germany also had a big advantage, as Neymar and Thiago Silva, the two most prominent players of Brazil, were missing this match. Millions of people across the world, including Brazil, had gathered up for this all important game, with majority supporting the Brazilian team. The Brazilian fans were expecting that their team would end up winning this game, and would continue its long lasting successes. However, it did not happen on the day for Brazil, and Germany had a better plan to outclass one of the best teams of the world.
As the match started, Germany took control of the game right from the beginning, with Thomas Muller scoring the first goal via a corner, just in the 11th minute of the game.
Brazil was nowhere with its defense, and its defenders almost seemed helpless. Germany, with its aggressive approach, kept on targeting the goal of its opponent, and gained another success with the goal of Miroslav Klose in the 23rd minute of the game.
Brazilian crowd was stunned to silence, as the lead increased to 2-0. However, it did not end over here. Soon, Germany’s Toni Kroos scored two goals for his side within a time span of 3 minutes, which pushed the lead to 4-0 in no time.
Probably, the German team had identified the weak point of Brazil, and then it went on exploiting it. Brazil’s defenders had no answer really to stop this outflow of goals. Just three minutes after the fourth goal, Germany’s Sami Khedira scored another goal in the 29th minute of the game. The German fans could not really believe their luck, as their team acquired a dominant lead of 5-0 in the first half of the game.
On the other hand, the Brazilian fans were expecting a miracle to happen in the second half, as their hopes had already diminished. Most start leaving the stadium as seen in the video footage by Rodrigo Modenesi:
In the second half, Brazil had to lift their spirits, change their strategy and forget whatever happened in the first half. Brazil attacked the goal of Germany many times, however, each time, the German goal keeper prevented the ball from crossing the line. On the other hand, the German team, which was all geared up, made more attempts at the goal, and scored another goal in the 69th minute. This pushed the lead to 6-0, which was something very rare. In the 79th minute, Germany’s Andre Schurrle scored his second goal, which pushed the lead to 7-0.
Surely, the game was decided by then, and the disappointed Brazilian fans had started showing their resentment over the match. However, Brazil’s Oscar saved his team from a clean sweep and scored a goal in the 90th minute. The match ended with a 7-1 win for Germany. This has happened for the first time in this tournament, that a team has scored 7 goals in a game. Germany qualified for the World Cup final for the first time in 12 years. On the other hand, Brazil would play against the loosing team of today’s game, for a third position.
Today, the second semifinal will be played between Netherlands and Argentina at 17:00 local time.
|Netherlands||17:00 Arena de Sao Paulo , Sao Paulo (Brazil)||Argentina|
The two teams qualified for the semifinals after beating Costa Rica and Belgium respectively. Netherlands is so far the unbeaten side of the tournament. It won all its five games, including its recent victory against Costa Rica in the semifinals. Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Memphis played an important role in their team’s successes. On the other hand, Argentina also won all of its games, including its recent win against Belgium. Argentina’s key player Di Maria got injured, and was ruled out of the semifinal. However, Argentina’s main hope would be its star player Lionel Messi, who is the leading goal scorer for his team so far.
|WON||World Cup 2014 (05.07.2014)||Netherlands – Costa Rica||0:0 (4-3 PSO)|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (29.06.2014)||Netherlands – Mexico||2:1|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (23.06.2014)||Netherlands – Chile||2:0|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (18.06.2014)||Netherlands – Australia||3:2|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (13.06.2014)||Netherlands – Spain||5:1|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (04.07.2014)||Argentina – Belgium||1:0|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (30.06.2014)||Argentina – Switzerland||1:0|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (26.06.2014)||Argentina – Nigeria||3:2|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (21.06.2014)||Argentina – Iran||1:0|
|WON||World Cup 2014 (16.06.2014)||Argentina – Bosnia-Hz||2:1|
Head to head, these teams have faced each other 8 times. Netherlands won four times, while Argentina only managed a single victory. Three games ended in a draw. Moreover, of the 19 goals scored in those games, Netherlands scored 13, while Argentina scored 6.
Meanwhile, on Monday, the disciplinary committee of FIFA announced that it will not sanction the Colombian defender, Juan Zuniga, whose tackle led to the injury of Neymar during the match against Colombia.