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:
Fair play to Klose... Broke my idol Ronaldo's record. Unbelievable achievement!!— Daniel Sturridge (@D_Sturridge) July 8, 2014
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:
Germany could win 20-0 at this rate.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 8, 2014
This could be nein!— Lee Westwood (@WestwoodLee) July 8, 2014
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:
Was always going to happen the minute they ran into a top side that had been there and done it. They don't deserve to win it. Period!— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) July 8, 2014
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:
7 - Germany are the first team to ever score seven times in a World Cup semi-final. Heaven.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 8, 2014
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:
Brazil has conceded seven goals in a game for the second time ever (8-4 loss at Yugoslavia in 1934).— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) July 8, 2014
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:
This reminds me of when I was in goal for Boothville Colts # heartache #tragedy— Alan Carr (@AlanCarr) July 8, 2014
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:
Fred 6 touches 6 Kick offs— Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) July 8, 2014
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:
The most incredible half in World Cup history— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) July 8, 2014
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:
Good time for the Brazil players to walk off the park in protest about the cost of hosting the World Cup..— Kevin Bridges (@kevinbridges86) July 8, 2014
It seems the Germans spend their time practicing football rather than getting tattoos and stupid hair cuts. A lesson for England perhaps.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) July 8, 2014
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:
Can you believe this...I cant . 1...2...3.....4....5....6.....7...⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/sacRPiQG41— Heidi Klum (@heidiklum) July 8, 2014
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:
Brazil fans now chanting Ole as Germans play keep ball. Surreal evening— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) July 8, 2014
Out on streets of São Paulo, stunned Brazilians now cheering Germany. At least that's what's going on here on Paulista.— Jeremy Schaap (@JeremySchaap) July 8, 2014
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.