Twitter Reacts to David Luiz, Fred's Performances vs. Germany

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2014

Brazil's David Luiz, left, and Dante react after Germany scored their sixth goal during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Hosts Brazil were completely embarrassed by a dominant German team in their 2014 World Cup semi-final on Tuesday, conceding five goals within the first half hour of play and losing by a final score of 7-1.

Toni Kroos (twice), Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose, Sami Khedira and Andre Schurrle (twice) all got their names on the scoresheet thanks to a truly dreadful defensive performance from Brazil, who never expected the absence of Thiago Silva would have weakened the unit this badly.

Oscar was able to put one back late, but it wasn't enough to save the team's honour.

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08:  Fred and Oscar of Brazil prepare to kick off after allowing a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo
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David Luiz was given the captain's bracelet, and the centre-back put in an awful performance. Emotional and constantly looking to move up the pitch, he failed to organise his teammates on the back line and was frequently caught out of position, including on the opening goal from Mueller.

Unsurprisingly, the comments on his performance on social media were brutal. Via World Cup 2014, things had started so well during the national anthems:

TSN's Jason deVos couldn't believe a centre-back would make a rookie mistake on a corner kick, particularly one who just completed a €50 million move to Paris Saint-Germain:

The London Evening Standard's Amar Singh noted the player lacks in key areas of the game, and all of his flashy plays can't hide it:

OptaJoke had to make a Simpsons-inspired joke:

The Daily Mirror's Mina Rzouki thought Brazil couldn't have picked a worse captain:

Football Funnys thinks PSG might be looking for a refund:

The Swiss Ramble summed up the night quite nicely:

For all of Luiz's poor play, striker Fred seemed to be the target of the crowd's anger, who started to boo the forward every time he touched the ball. Fred never saw any usable balls but didn't help matters with his positioning and lack of athleticism.

Football Funnys used this image to illustrate said lack of pace:

The Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter noticed how quickly the crowd turned on the striker:

Per World Cup 2014, his first-half performance added nothing to his team:

The Daily Mirror's Alex Richards thought Fred was bad, but perhaps not as bad as the TV commentators would lead you to believe:

And then the crowd got truly hostile, as BBC's Phil McNulty points out:

When Fred's night was finally over after 70 minutes of action, the Toronto Sun's Kurtis Larson noted the striker got a final chorus of boos, and he even felt bad for the player:

Die Mannschaft recorded a historic win on Tuesday, one that will be talked about for a long time. Brazil's World Cup bid is over, and the hosts will leave the tournament in embarrassing fashion.

The Selecao still have to play a play-off match for the tournament's third-place finish, but many will wonder whether the team will even bother to put in their best effort, knowing they've disappointed the home crowd in such fashion.

Tuesday was one of the darkest days in Brazilian football history, and one that will live on in infamy. How the team recovers from this is anyone's guess, and this loss could potentially mean the end of Luiz Felipe Scolari's coaching tenure.