In what has been a truly outstanding tournament thus far, the World Cup finally welcomed its first genuinely great side on Tuesday night when Germany overcame hosts Brazil 7-1 at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.
Although Joachim Low's side had already been touted as comfortable favourites—following the injury to Neymar and the suspension of Thiago Silva—nobody could have predicted just how strong this German victory would have been on the night.
Luiz Felipe Scolari's side had done well up until this point to get so far in the competition, but like the cold, hard smack of reality, it was the might of Thomas Mueller & Co. who brought this nation's expectations back down to the ground in just 90 minutes.
Germany now roll on to their eighth World Cup final in a competition that few thought they were capable of winning while Brazil try to pick themselves up for a third-place play-off with either Argentina or Holland.
Here's what we took from this historic win for Germany.