World Cup 2014: Day 25 as it happened including Germany’s 7-1 semi-final thrashing of Brazil in Belo Horizonte - Live coverage - The Independent

World Cup 2014: Day 25 as it happened including Germany’s 7-1 semi-final thrashing of Brazil in Belo Horizonte

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of what was day 25 of the FIFA World Cup. Marc Williams and Sam Dymond were on hand with all the action from Belo Horizonte as Germany destroyed hosts Brazil 7-1 to reach the World Cup final.

    WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL FULL TIME SCORE:

    BRAZIL 1 (Oscar 90')
    GERMANY 7 (Muller 11', Klose 23', Kroos 24', 26', Khedira 29', Schürrle 69', 79')

    • Die Mannschaft thrash the hosts to reach the World Cup final
    • Five German goals in 18 minutes stun the Selecção on the way to record scoreline 
    • Miroslav Klose becomes the record scorer in World Cup history with his 16th goal
    • Dutch striker Robin van Persie is a doubt for Wednesday's semi-final with Argentina
    7/8/2014 10:21:31 AM
    Hello everyone and welcome back to the Independent's live coverage of the 2014 World Cup from Brazil.

    We've had a two day hiatus from the beautiful game and I'm sure many of you have been walking around not knowing what to do with yourselves over the past couple of days! 

    Well, fear not, it's back today and back with a bang!

    We have reached the business end of the tournament and would you believe, it's semi-final time already, hasn't it gone quickly! 

    Brazil v Germany is the game today and what a tie this should be! Can the host nation cope without Neymar? Can Brazil cope with Germany's strength? Will the Germans overcome their World Cup woes and go all the way?

    We'll be here right through to kick-off at 9pm and we have plenty to bring you before then! 

    Remember, get in touch by hitting the 'Make a Comment' button above, by tweeting me @mwilliams060 or emailing me direct at marcrhys@hotmail.co.uk

    Plenty of ways to get involved and we've got plenty to bring you, so, shall we get started?

    7/8/2014 10:38:47 AM
    Our Poll!

    We've got another poll for today then and it's a simple one this morning…

    Who will win the 2014 World Cup? 

    Brazil, Germany, Netherlands or Argentina? Easy question, very difficult answer. Let us know any of your thoughts by hitting the 'Make a Comment' button above and let us know why your favourite is going claim the famous old trophy!

    7/8/2014 10:43:00 AM

    Can Brazil cope without Neymar? 

    All the talk leading up to Brazil's semi-final clash with Germany has been about one man and one man only, Neymar!

    That tackle and injury during the Colombia game left the host nation without their star player and Neymar will play no part tonight. 

    Brazil's captain Thiago Silva and boss Phil Scolari had their say about the issue in the build-up to tonight's big game.


    “We have left that behind when we knew he wouldn’t be with us. At the first opportunity to put people at ease I made the players understand he [Neymar] had done his share. Now it is us who must do our share, myself, the staff and all the Brazilian players."



    7/8/2014 10:52:22 AM

    Brazil bullies!

    Brazil have been one of the toughest and roughest sides at this World Cup and a far cry from their historic beautiful football at times.

    Ahead of tonight's game, Bastian Schweingsteiger, Germany's engine-room midfielder, has come out to ask the referee to keep an extra close eye on Brazil's tackling (and fouling) tonight. 

    Chelsea's Oscar has completed the most tackles at the tournament and Germany believe some of those tackles haven't been altogether fair. 

    Read Sam Wallace's preview for this mammoth tie. 

    I am all for a healthy hardness but some of Brazil’s fouls were over the limit. Brazilians are not only football magicians, hard tackling is part of their game. We have to be careful and so does the referee.


    7/8/2014 10:59:58 AM


    David Luiz!

    David Luiz's stunning goal which ultimately proved decisive against Colombia in the quarter-final will be on of the lasting images from this World Cup. 

    But, the defender is not done yet and wants to seize his moment and help Brazil go all the way. 

    The 27-year-old has been good at the finals so far and his free-kick winner last time out has helped the country some what come to terms with the loss of Neymar. 

    Sam Wallace is our man in Belo Horizonte and he talks about what Luiz means to the host nation.  

    His celebration after his spectacular free-kick against Colombia on Friday night would have been the enduring image of Brazil’s quarter-final victory in Fortaleza, but David Luiz’s moment was destined to be overshadowed by something bigger, and bleaker for his country. That was the injury to Neymar and its aftermath has consumed Brazil ever since with the hand-wringing continuing up to the World Cup semi-final with Germany.

    7/8/2014 11:07:48 AM

    Five things!

    We here at the Independent have drawn up five reason as to why Brazil or Germany will win tonight. 

    It's a tough one to call either way and hard to know who to support this evening. Check out the reason why each side will win tonight and pick a side. 

    Brazil have plenty of things on their side. Luiz Felipe Scolari, home advantage, team unity, German's history and the past are all on their side. 


    As for Germany, they can call upon depleted Brazil, it's their time, less physical, a cagey game and their star player. 


    Who do you think will come out victorious this evening?
    7/8/2014 2:27:09 PM
    Tonight's stage!

    Brazil v Germany will take place inside the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. It will be the sixth and final World Cup game to be played there.

    Brazil's Round of 16 penalty victory over Chile was inside this stadium whereas this will be Germany's first visit to Belo. 

    England fans will know it well as it was the scene of their goalless draw with Costa Rica. The stadium, which hold a touch over 58,000 fans, has also seen victories for Colombia, Belgium and Argentina. 

    Tonight's game is likely to see the largest attendance at the stadium but who will emerge triumphant tonight?



    7/8/2014 2:40:08 PM

    Talking of stadiums!

    While we're on the subject of stadiums, Simon Hart asks what the legacy will be after the 2014 World Cup is all said and done. 

    Legacy is always the buzz-word whenever a major sporting event roles around, London 2012 saw it and now Brazil is coming under the same scrutiny too. 

    Here, we ask what now for the 'venue of venues' that is Salvador's Arena Fonte Nova.

    Had things worked out differently, Salvador’s Arena Fonte Nova could have provided us with the backing track to the 2014 World Cup. The Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown is a son of the north-eastern city and, inspired by the impact of the South African vuvuzela, he devised a plastic instrument called the caxirola for fans to create a distinctive sound at World Cup matches. The plan was aborted, however, when fans started chucking the instruments at players during a Bahia-Vitoria derby last year.

    7/8/2014 2:46:07 PM
    Some of the biggest stars from the World Cup are lining up big money moves! Check out all the latest transfer news and gossip over on the Indysport's website! 






    7/8/2014 2:50:19 PM

    Magic spray!

    One of the best things to come out of this World Cup has been the referee's use of vanishing foam to mark out the ten-yard free-kick wall. 

    It's such a simple idea but has been a true revelation in Brazil and now it will make it's appreanace in next season's Champions League. 

    Check out exactly how here!

    The man who invented the vanishing spray that has been used at the World Cup said Uefa will use it in the Champions League for the first time next season - and hopes it will be adopted in the Premier League.

    7/8/2014 2:54:20 PM

    GOOOAAALLL!!

    It's 4o'clock so how about something that's a bit of a laugh?

    There's nothing quite like hearing a Colombian or Mexican commentator screaming 'Goooaaalll' at the top of his lungs after his country smash home a winner!


    Turn up your speakers in the office and get everyone shouting goooaaalll! 

    Other nations are famed for their overly-excitable commentators. Viral videos of should-be-professional experts losing the plot and shouting GOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL are one of the many joys that comes with a World Cup.

    7/8/2014 2:59:39 PM

    Napoli come to Zuniga's aid

    Camilo Zuniga has come under severe criticism for his challenge on Neymar which has seen Brazil's boy-wonder ruled out of the rest of the World Cup.

    But, his club side, Napoli, have jumped to defend their man. 


    Napoli are sorry for the accident that occurred that will prevent Neymar from playing in the semi-final against Germany.

    For the Brazilian champion we send our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    At the same time, the club expresses its support for Zuniga , who has been subjected to fierce criticism and threats of all kinds, for a foul in play that was not malicious but unfortunate in its consequences.


    7/8/2014 3:16:56 PM

    Loew's concerns!

    While Brazil are feeling hard done by over the injury to Neymar, rightly or wrongly so, Joachim Loew has expressed his fears about Brazil's physicality.

    The German boss has called upon tonight's official to keep an eye on Brazil's 'brutal' approach and to punish them should they cross the line.


    Loew started his press conference by saying that he was “awfully sorry” to hear about the injury to Neymar whose third vertebrae was fractured in the match in which 54 fouls were committed, 31 of them by Brazil. However, he made no attempt to disguise his concern about his opponent’s approach in what appeared a concerted effort by the Germans to put pressure on the referee.

    7/8/2014 3:28:24 PM
    Meanwhile, the big man has spoken. No, not God.





    That would be Maradona.
    7/8/2014 7:21:41 PM
    Joachim Low's unchanged German team means that Miroslav Klose will have another chance to net the one goal that would mean he becomes the record scorer in the history of the World Cup.

    And whether he manages it or not, he'll still enter the record books this evening.


    7/8/2014 7:26:04 PM
    Almost as soon as Neymar was ruled out on the back (back, ouch!) of Thiago Silva's suspension, there has been growing surge of support for Germany ahead of this semi-final, but there are enough in the numbers to suggest that we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss the hosts and five-times World champions.



    7/8/2014 7:32:44 PM
    Our man in Belo Horizonte, Sam Wallace, is keeping a keen eye on matters from the press box, although one must wonder whether he's mistaken some more of Brazil's hands-on marking for group-hugs...


    7/8/2014 7:41:23 PM
    It's less than ten minutes until kick-off in Belo Horizonte. The fans have donned their Neymar masks, touched up their face paint, adjusted their whacky headwear and are taking their seats in the Estadio Mineirao.






    7/8/2014 7:52:57 PM
    7/8/2014 7:59:28 PM
    KICK-OFF: And Germany get us underway in the first semi-final of the 2014 World Cup, but it's Brazil who make the first running, winning a corner inside 40 seconds. Such a set-piece brought an early goal in their quarter-final against Colombia, but corner taker Neymar and goalscorer Thiago Silva are nowhere to be seen. If their absence has led to a defeatist attitude throughout the country, the players didn't show it during the national anthem as they belted their number out a cappella with more gusto than ever before at these finals.

    7/8/2014 8:00:29 PM
    4 mins: It's still Brazil, urged on by their fans, who are forcing the issue in these opening exchanges, but Germany have just shown a glimpse of the threat they possess on the break. Indeed, had Miroslav Klose managed to wriggle away from the attention of David Luiz, then Thomas Muller was bursting down the right in acres of space. It's an early warning. 
    7/8/2014 8:05:23 PM
    8 mins: It would appear that the absence of Thiago Silva at centre-back shouldn't have been a worry for Brazilian fans because Germany's Toni Kroos is doing an admirable job of filling in for their captain. Unintentionally, of course. The Bayern Munich midfielder has just blocked a goalbound effort from his teammate Sami Khedira after he had been teed up on the edge of the box by Mesut Ozil.
    7/8/2014 8:10:13 PM
    11 mins: GOAL! BRAZIL 0 GERMANY 1:

    Germany lead in the semi-final! And who else could it be but Thomas Muller?! The Golden Boot winner of four years ago has bagged his fifth goal of this tournament, and it's doubtful whether he has ever scored an easier World Cup goal. Toni Kross whipped an outswinging corner over from the right, and the Brazilian players left the German forward all alone to sidefoot past Julio Cesar from eight yards out. It's a well-taken finish from Muller, but it's truly woeful defending from the hosts; whether Thiago Silva - or even Neymar - would have been picking up the goalscorer is a matter for debate, but you can't defend like that and win World Cups.

    7/8/2014 8:10:47 PM
    14 mins: Brazil's captain for the night, David Luiz, is trying to rectify matters single-handedly, and goes on one of his marauding bursts upfield, but once he played the ball out wide right to Hulk the move promptly broke down. It's typical of a frustrating start for the hosts.
    7/8/2014 8:17:56 PM
    17 mins: A wonderful sliding tackle from Philipp Lahm! The Germany captain had to time that one exactly right as Marcelo surged into the penalty area on the left-hand side, and he did exactly that. The result is a corner, and some pushing and shoving as both players take issue with the challenge; the German believed the Brazilian left-back attempted a theatrical tumble in the aftermath, while Marcelo is just being Marcelo.
    7/8/2014 8:20:54 PM
    23 mins: GOAL! BRAZIL 0 GERMANY 2:

    He's done it! Miroslav Klose has done it! And, with that record-breaking 16th goal, has he done Brazil?! Toni Kroos split the Brazilian defence with a subtle through ball into the area for Thomas Muller, who then laid the ball into the path of the overlapping Klose. The veteran striker's initial shot was saved low by Julio Cesar, but it rebounded straight into the path of the German, who did what he has done best for many years, and buried the ball into the back of the net from eight yards out to become the record goalscorer in World Cup history.

    7/8/2014 8:22:39 PM
    24 mins: GOAL! BRAZIL 0 GERMANY 3:

    Toni Kroos makes it three and that's surely the end of the road for Brazil! The hosts were absolutely statuesque as Philipp Lahm broke down the right flank to reach Sami Khedira's pass, and he had plenty of time time to pick out Thomas Muller on the penalty spot. The Bayern Munich forward completely missed his side foot of an attempt, but his clubmate, Kroos, was following up and struck a sweet left-footed effort from the edge of the box past Julio Cesar and into the bottom left-hand corner. Astonishing stuff!

    7/8/2014 8:24:28 PM
    26 mins: GOAL! BRAZIL 0 GERMANY 4:

    This is World Cup humiliation for the hosts, Brazil! It's Toni Kroos again, and it's three goals in three minutes for Germany! Four goals in 15 minutes! Brazil have fallen apart! The heads of the Brazilian players plummeted after that second German goal, and when they eventually lift them up again, they'll be in for a nasty shock. Fernandinho nonchalantly gave the ball away 30 yards from his own goal, and Germany were on to it in a flash. Kroos, fresh from netting his first World Cup goal, took charge of possession, exchanged passes with Sami Khedira - the return taking two Brazilian defenders and Julio Cesar out of the game - and slotted into an unguarded net for his second of the game. The Brazilian World Cup dream has become an absolute nightmare!

    7/8/2014 8:25:49 PM
    Schadenfreude is a German word for taking pleasure in the misfortunate of others, and there was plenty of that going on tonight as the national team stuck seven past Brazil in Belo Horizonte. If you missed the shots capturing tears, trauma and tragedy, fear not! Some sadist at The Independent - of which there are many - has compiled a collection of photographs displaying the heartbreak of Brazilians as their nightmare unfolded...

    7/8/2014 11:39:44 PM
    Brazil may have taken a thrashing this evening, but the good news for them is that if you add up Jack Pitt-Brooke's player ratings of their whole team they just about manage to pip the total of the three Germany players who scored a perfect ten this evening. It's not all about trophies, you know.

    Fred was just as anonymous tonight as he had been for the rest of the tournament, and once the damage had been done, he was booed and jeered by the fans until his replacement. And then ever after. Two out of ten.
    7/9/2014 12:15:16 AM
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