Brazil saw their World Cup collapse horrifically before their very eyes in the semi-final against Germany, as Joachim Low’s side put five goals past the hosts in a span of 18 incredible first-half minutes, before eventually romping to a 7-1 victory.
Though the hosts were forced to cope without their captain, Thiago Silva, and poster boy, Neymar, no one could have foreseen such a meltdown despite playing against the highly rated Germans.
Thomas Mueller got the party started, Miroslav Klose then scored to become the World Cup’s all-time record goalscorer before a brace from Toni Kroos and a Sami Khedira strike put the result beyond doubt with just 29 minutes on the clock. Second-half substitute Andre Schurrle then added two goals of his own for even more humiliation.
England striker Daniel Sturridge was among many that praised Klose for his remarkable achievement:
However, Klose’s achievement was put on the back-burner, as Germany’s lethal brilliance dominated social media. Piers Morgan and Lee Westwood gave their predictions on a match dominated by the Germans, with the English golfer going for the witty approach:
Their projections were far from unreasonable, too, as Brazil simply didn’t get going without Silva and Neymar. However, Joseph Barton believed that such a thrashing was coming:
Naturally, the records and statistics were coming in thick and fast, with OptaJoe revealing that Germany were the first-ever nation to reach seventh heaven in a World Cup semi-final:
Brazil were also subject of the statistics generator, with ESPN's Paul Carr revealing that they conceded seven goals in a World Cup for the first time in 80 years:
It was hardly surprising, though, as the Brazilian defence looked to be faltering every time Germany came forward, bringing back painful memories for comedian Alan Carr:
It was clear that Brazil were always going to struggle without Neymar in their ranks, particularly with heavily criticised forward Fred leading the line. His impact in the first half summed up Brazil’s performance, as Rodney Marsh revealed:
There’s no doubt that Germany have what it takes to beat the best teams on the planet, but this was something else—a sentiment that Robbie Savage agreed with:
Twitter was one of the best places to be in the world as the goals rattled in, unless you’re a Brazil fan. The jokes were coming in bunches—per Bleacher Report, Kevin Bridges and Jeremy Clarkson:
Suddenly, we were all rather jealous of Germany supporters, and particularly Michael Ballack and Heidi Klum, who were in disbelief as the scoring continued deep into the second half:
Brazil fans came to Estadio Mineirao expecting a party, and some of them decided to switch allegiances to do just that, as Oliver Holt and Jeremy Schaap revealed:
Germany will now march onto the final full of confidence that they can lift their first trophy since 1990, and if they play like they did on Tuesday, that's a near certainty.
For Brazil, though, their wounds will last a lifetime. The world will look back to July 8, 2014, in years to come as a day that shook football to its very foundations.