World Cup 2014: Brazil Suffers the Most Shocking Loss in Tournament History
The host team’s defeat at the semifinals broke numerous World Cup records, and none of them were good for Brazil; "The person responsible for this catastrophic result is me," said coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
BUENOS AIRES – World Cup host Brazil was eliminated from the tournament on Tuesday afternoon in a historic and humiliating 7-1 defeat against an unstoppable German team that closed the deal in the first half by scoring four goals in seven minutes.
Not only was Germany the first team to score so many in a competitive match against Brazil in 74 years, the onslaught also marked the worst loss on home soil in World Cup history and ended Brazil's 39-year unbeaten streak at home.
The Europeans crushed the locals with goals by Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos (2), Sami Khedira, Andre Schurrle (2), and Lazio star Miroslav Klose, who broke the record and became the all-time World Cup scorer with 16 goals.
"We have lost against a very strong team, one that was capable of defining the match in four or five minutes," said Brazil’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari after the match. "The person responsible for this catastrophic result is me," he added, and both apologized to the Brazilian people and thanked them for their support.
Along with being Brazil’s worst defeat ever, it also earned them the title of being the first team to go down by five goals in the first 29 minutes of a World Cup match.
Hashtags related to the game, such as #BRAvsGER, quickly became trends on Twitter all over the world. They also included #VergonhaBrasil ("Shame Brazil") , #DavidOBrasilTeAma ("David, Brazil Loves You," addressed to team captain David Luiz), and #BrasilDecimeQueSe7 ("How does it feel, Brazil?")
President Dilma Rousseff—whose chances for re-election were said to be very much depending on the Brazilian team’s fate—also commented the tragic outcome through her Twitter account: "Like everyone else in Brazil, I’m very, very sad for this defeat. I feel for all of us. The fans and the players," she posted.