Germany handed Brazil its heaviest World Cup loss ever on Tuesday with an astounding 7-1 rout in the semifinals that stunned the host nation.
Miroslav Klose scored a record-setting 16th career World Cup goal in a five-goal spurt in the first half as Brazil’s defense was torn apart. Brazil’s previous biggest World Cup loss was 3-0 to France in the 1998 final.
The Germans will face either Argentina or the Netherlands in Sunday’s final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil was playing without the injured Neymar and suspended captain Thiago Silva.
Toni Kroos and Andre Schuerrle scored two goals each for Germany, while Thomas Mueller and Sami Khedira added the others.
Oscar pulled a late goal back for Brazil.
Most tweeted sporting event ever
Brazil’s crushing defeat by Germany in their World Cup semi-final has become the most tweeted single sports game of all time.
As many as 35.6 million tweets were posted during the match, and the tweets-per-minute record was broken when Sami Khedira scored to make it 5-0 Germany.
His 29th-minute goal saw the tweeting rate reach 580,166 posts per minute.
By the time the scoreline read 7-1 to the Germans at full time, social media was awash with comments and jokes about the record-breaking loss.
Tumblrs dedicated to “Sad Brazilians” sprang up during the one-sided game, while an astonished Tim Cahill became a meme as he encapsulated the shock that reverberated around the world.
Many posted digitally altered images of the Christ the Redeemer statue crying, or jetting off into space. Others adapted scenes from The Simpsons, Scooby Doo or Anchorman to stick the knife into a wounded Brazil, or played on the fact the World Cup logo looks rather like a person with their head in their hand.
Brazil fans set bus on fire
Brazilian police were on high alert following their country's humiliating exit from the World Cup as they feared angry fans could riot after the defeat.
And while the wide spread rioting that was feared did not happen, there were some reports of trouble in and around the stadium after the game and in other cities across Brazil.
The Brazilian cities which played host to fierce protests before the tournament were mostly calm after the match.
Although authorities were called to a densely-populated area of Sao Paulo after supporters reportedly set a bus alight, leaving it as little more than a burnt-out shell.
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