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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
World Cup 2014, Semi-Final

"Five goals in 18 minutes - it's clear that they were shocked and didn't know what to do,"

5 July 2014 - 8 July 2014

Brazil - Oscar 90'
Germany - Thomas Müller 11', Miroslav Klose 23', Toni Kroos 24', 26', Sami Khedira 29', Andre Schürrle 69', 79'

An evening that will go down forever in the annals of football, as Germany devastate Brazil in an unforgettable six minutes!

Germany run riot
Germany destroy Brazil's final dreams with seven-goal battering
Germany demolish Brazil in surreal World Cup semifinal

'We had a clear, persistent game-plan,' says Germany coach Joachim Low after comprehensive victory

"We had a clear, persistent game-plan and if we were courageous and believed in our own strengths, we would win this match. That the result would be so emphatic was not to be expected. Scoring three in four minutes our hosts were in shock, confused, and never returned to their original organisation. We were extremely cool and realised they were cracking up, and we took advantage of that."
"Today it was important today to meet this passion and emotion from Brazil with composure, clarity and of course with courage and with our own strengths. They were shocked after our goals and then the game became easy for us. Everyone did their role brilliantly. We played well offensively and combined outstandingly." - from bundesliga fanatic

Germany boss Joachim Löw feels sympathy for Brazil after 7-1 rout

"We were shocked too and experienced the same thing in 2006," Low said. "They were shocked and didn't expect to fall behind. And after that it was an easy match for us."
"We had great hopes in 2006 too and you can feel the pressure that the hosts have in a match like this," Low said. "We lost in the 119th minute back in 2006, so we know how (Brazil coach Luiz Felipe) Scolari feels, how the Brazilian team feel, and the people in Brazil feel right now.
"Let's put it into context: the hosts were unable to deal with the pressure. We had a clear, persistent game-plan and if we were courageous and believed in our own strengths, we would win this match.
"That the result would be so emphatic was not to be expected. Scoring three in four minutes the hosts were in shock, confused, and never returned to their original organisation. We were extremely cool and realised they were cracking up, and we took advantage of that.
"We're obviously going to celebrate a bit tonight but we have to start focusing right away tomorrow on the next match," he said.
"But I'm not worried about that. The players all have their feet firmly on the ground and they won't let this (win) go to their heads."
No 'schadenfreude' for magnanimous Germans
"Until today, Brazil played a magnificent World Cup. They are a great team with great players," said magnanimous coach Joachim Löw, avoiding any semblance of 'schadenfreude', the word Germany gave the world for delighting in another's pain.
"As hosts, they have delivered a fantastic tournament."
"All 200 million people here want you in the final. That can make your players tighten up. I feel sorry for him (Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari). I think I know how he feels."
Löw: We need to remain humble
"It was important to meet this passion and these emotions with calm, courage and with our own strength," said Löw whose side will now meet Argentina or the Netherlands in Sunday's Final in Rio de Janeiro. "They were shocked by our goals and it made the game easier for us.
"Everyone did their jobs incredibly well and with total concentration. We played well going forward and combined superbly."
"A bit of humility would also be very good and we need to be careful that we stay concentrated on Sunday," said the 54-year-old.
Das 7:1 ist auch ein Triumph von Joachim Löw
Deutsche Welle round-up reactions in the German media

Germany Justify Joachim Löw's Decision-Making in Stunning Win Over Brazil
"But the decisive factor in Tuesday's match was the masterful Löw." says Clark Whitney from Bleacher Report.

'Incredible' Klose breaks Ronaldo's record

"Miro is incredible," he [Jogi] said.
"To set the record and to do it in Brazil is a great performance. It really means a lot to all of us. This is a record. This is a record that could be beaten only by [Thomas] Mueller."We believe that he really deserves it. Because at his age, he is still playing at the highest possible level."

Congratulations to Miro on his incredible achievement!

World Cup records tumble as Germany destroy Brazil 7-1
- Miroslav Klose became the leading scorer in World Cup finals. His goal was his 16th, one more than former Brazil striker Ronaldo. He also became the first man to play in four World Cup semi-finals.
- The biggest-ever winning margin in a World Cup semi-final.
- Brazil equalled their biggest-ever margin of defeat.
- Brazil's first home defeat in a competitive match since 1975
- The first time Brazil had ever conceded seven in a World Cup match.
- Thomas Muller's goal was Germany's 2000th in all matches played. Fritz Becker got their first in 1908.
- Germany were 5-0 up after 29 minutes - faster than any team in World Cup history.
- 69 seconds between Toni Kroos' two goals made them the fastest in tournament history
With thanks to goal.com and bbc.co.uk where you can see a sample of headlines from around the world.
And it wasn't just on the pitch where the records were tumbling, as the game became the most talked about sports event ever on twitter.

Match report from bbc.co.uk
Match centre from goal.com with live ticker from game and player ratings
FIFA match page

Joachim Löw: "We've got to keep things in perspective" - an interview on dfb.de

Jogi and the Seven Goals of Belo Horizonte - from dfb.de

Looking ahead to their opponents in the Final (who play the following evening), Jogi said "Nobody should feel invincible. Both teams, Argentina and Holland, have had an excellent World Cup. Both have strong players. (Lionel) Messi, (Gonzalo) Higuain, (Robin) Van Persie, (Arjen) Robben are players who can decide a match. It will not be like this semi-final," he added. - from Reuters

In an interview recorded by dfb.de in June 2015, Jogi looks back on the Brazil game.

The match in full on youtube

Real-time reactions of the two coaches to the goals from ZDF
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Post-match press conference

Starting Line-Up:
Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels (Per Mertesacker), Benedikt Höwedes, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira (Julia Draxler), Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos, Mesut Özil, Miroslav Klose (Andre Schürrle)

FIFA Press Conference, 7 July 2014

Joachim Löw started the press conference by sending his sympathy and wishes for a speedy recover to Neymar, but naturally the most reported comments from him were his request that the referee adopt a hard line on fouling in view of what was seen in the Brazil v Columbia quarter-final:

Joachim Löw says referee must stop 'brutal' Brazil fouling in Germany semi-final

"I hope the referee, Mr Rodriguez from Mexico, will clamp down on things. That physical energy in the match against Colombia went beyond the limits in Europe. When I saw that match....in Europe, 22 players wouldn't have ended that match.
"There were brutal fouls. People blocking opponents however they could. It was really exaggerated. That's what we saw on the pitch, so I hope these really brutal and crude fouls are stopped, or we won't see players like Lionel Messi, Mesut Ozil or Neymar - we'll just see players who go out to destroy.
"This is a World Cup that's full of dynamism and physical force, but I've seen matches where the limits have been surpassed.
"The actual playing time was only 38 or 39 minutes, there were so many breaks in play. I don't think players and fans like the match being constantly stopped.
"Players have been warned what would earn them a yellow or a red card but you saw in the Colombia match many fouls from behind which were really dangerous for the players. You have to protect the players when you're a referee."
Germany's Joachim Löw urges referee to control 'brutal' Brazil tackles
"Colombia against Brazil was a real fight with numerous fouls from both sides: not just the one foul against Neymar but many others as well. You saw how many fouls there were from behind which were really dangerous for the players: slide tackles from behind and from the side. You have to protect the players when you're a referee. That's something that's important for everyone working in football. You have to protect the attackers. They have been roughed up in a very bad way. I don't think it was a good thing that we saw there."

"You shouldn't believe the absence of Neymar or Thiago Silva will be a big disadvantage for Brazil. Dante won't deliver a bad match against Germany. He's an excellent player, and others will feel invigorated.
"You've seen teams lose some players and others accept the responsibility. They'll be on the pitch fighting for Neymar and the nation to make sure they reach the final.
"We are awfully sorry for Neymar and the Brazilian team, he has been injured in a terrible situation, and we would have delighted to have seen him on the pitch, we wish him all the very best for a speedy recovery." from standard.co.uk

Fourth substitute good option for coaches - Germany's Löw

"This would be worth a consideration, to think if we had the chance as a coach to bring in a fourth player, especially after the round of 16 if you have several extra times to play," he told reporters.
"Especially after a long (club) season, it is an interesting possibility and an interesting thought. One o`clock kick off is difficult, you feel the players` exhaustion afterwards. For a coach and the team it would be another option," he said.

Training, Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, 7 July 2014

Departure for Belo Horizonte, 7 July 2014

Reise nach Belo Horizonte - from tv.dfb.de

Joachim Löw wants a trip to the Maracana - 7 July 2014

"We've been in at least the semi-finals of the last four World Cups and that just shows that we've been playing consistently at the very highest level," Löw said in an interview with the German Football Association (DFB).
"This is a highlight now; it's something special and amazing. I'm looking forward to it so much, and everybody in the squad is too. I think all Germans are also, and one thing's for sure - we desperately want to play in the Maracana in Rio again. On July 13th. We're not done yet."
"We all know how strong Brazil are," Löw said. "They were the big favourites right from the start and the players have mostly coped with this role outstandingly.
"They underlined at the Confederations Cup last year that the expectation levels lift them further and the pressure doesn't numb them.
"What they've done is good for the whole tournament; it's good when the hosts go so far, but we're self-confident and we've gelled more as the tournament has progressed.
"We'll devise a good plan and give Brazil a real fight. The chances are even and it's going to come down to something really minor, who reaches the final."
"You always want to see the best players in action at a World Cup, and the players always want to measure themselves up to the very best," Löw said.
"It's a pity that Brazil have to play without two of their best [Neymar, injury, and Thiago Silva, suspension], but they will be able to cover for them.
"I'm incredibly sorry for Neymar. He's an amazing footballer and it's really bitter and hugely unfortunate that he's going to miss out - for him, for his team and for the whole nation.
"I hope he recovers and is playing again as quickly as possible and that he can deal with this setback positively."
"Sometimes I just have to follow my intuition," Löw said. "Of course, I talk to the players too, and my coaching team. But, you know what? In the end, I make the decisions."
In addition, although he said Germany now being top-placed in the FIFA rankings was not particularly important to him at the moment, he did add "That says a lot for consistency and continuity and the fact the team has been playing at the highest level for years."
When asked if he was aware of the debate surrounding Philipp Lahm and what was his best position, he said "Of course, I pick that sort of thing up even though I don't read that much. But I never let that influence my decision making. It's normal and understandable for people to talk about it. That's all part of football. This sport lives from the fact that everybody has something to say and there are so many ways of looking at things. I'm glad the national team is being talked about. Everybody's entitled to their opinion and it's fun talking about football. "

Löw ahead of semi-final: We're not finished yet
The full interview with dfb.de.

A video interview on tv.dfb.de and an interview on FIFA.com (with English subtitles).

Germany coach Joachim Löw wants strong referee against Brazil - 6 July 2014

"I watched the Brazil-Colombia match and there were countless fouls by both teams, fouls where players just jumped into someone else's back to disrupt play," Löw told German television.
"These weren't players going after the ball in battles for possession. They were simply trying to prevent match play."
"There's precious little left of that traditional Brazilian style of soccer, that artistic style of playing that we all know so well," Löw said in the interview at his team's base camp in northeastern Brazil on the Atlantic coast.
"For sure, Brazil still have good technical players. But they're playing more robustly than any other team here and they have been trying to break up their opponent's attack that way.
"At the end of the day it's up to the referee to come up with the correct punishment," said Löw.
"This tournament has shown that no team has been able to play with great, brilliant, attacking football because there has been so much physical destructiveness set against that," he said, adding that Germany would have to fight hard to win the battle for possession.
"Beautiful soccer by itself won't be enough to win here," said Löw, whose team has been criticised back home for a perceived lack of flair.
"We need to have the right dedication."
While the host nation is still coming to terms with the loss of Neymar, Löw said Brazil would be more dangerous without him."Brazil without Neymar is going to be much more difficult to beat than they would be with him," Löw said. "I'd rather that he were playing for them on Tuesday. He's an exceptionally gifted player but his team mates will rally around him now."
"We know ourselves what it's like to lose a really top player like that," said Löw. "What happens then is that everyone raises their game and everyone takes over more responsibility. Brazil is not weaker without Neymar."
A new interview from Campo Bahia with Sportschau - 6 July 2014

Löw "Fouls richtig ahnden"
Also an interview with ZDF

Training, Campo Bahia, 5 July 2014

Returning from Rio after the victory over France.

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