Two kinds of people came away from Tuesday's World Cup semifinal disappointed: Brazil fans, and those who decided to put a bet on Germany (-6.5).
Everyone else was able to enjoy arguably the most colossal blowout in major sports history.
Germany shocked the host nation with five goals in the first 30 minutes at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, coasting to an unbelievable 7-1 victory.
Here's a look at where the tournament stands following one of the most shocking results ever.
Updated Results and Fixtures
|Date||Round||Matchup/Result||Local Time||Time (ET)||Time (BST)||Where|
|July 8||Semifinal||Germany 7, Brazil 1||-||-||-||Belo Horizonte|
|July 9||Semifinal||Netherlands vs. Argentina||5 p.m.||4 p.m.||9 p.m.||Sao Paulo|
|July 12||3rd Place Match||Brazil vs. TBD||5 p.m.||4 p.m.||9 p.m.||Brasilia|
|July 13||Final||Germany vs. TBD||4 p.m.||3 p.m.||8 p.m.||Rio de Janeiro|
It's difficult to put Tuesday's result into perspective, because there has never been anything like it, as The Cauldron's Andy Glockner noted:
I don't know how anyone writing about this match will be able to put this in any semblance of proper perspective.— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) July 8, 2014
Remember when UNLV destroyed Duke by 30 in the 1990 NCAA championship? Imagine that game was at Cameron Indoor and the Runnin' Rebels won by 50.
Remember when the 49ers walked over the Broncos, 55-10, the same calender year? Now put the game at Mile High, and tack on a few more scores for Bill Walsh's team.
And those still probably don't paint the entire picture. One Brazilian broadcaster, via ESPN's Alejandro Moreno, was willing to go so far as to describe this result as a "tragedy":
Brazilian broadcaster: "A tragedy for Brazilian soccer" #BRAvsGER— Alejandro Moreno (@15AleMoreno) July 8, 2014
And that's not a stretch.
Those other championships are annual events, while the World Cup comes along every four years. Moreover, football means more to Brazil than perhaps any other sport to any other nation.
This was the humiliation of all humiliations: A historical beatdown (the largest margin of victory ever in a World Cup semifinal) suffered by the most historically successful country in the world. And one that hadn't lost a competitive match at home in nearly 40 years:
1975 - Brazil have suffered their first defeat at home in a competitive game since September 1975 (v Peru). Generation.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) July 8, 2014
While this is something Brazil will struggle to recover from, let's not forget to credit Germany. This was an absolute clinical performance. Toni Kroos (two goals, one assist) and Sami Khedira (one goal, one assist) were on another planet in the midfield, while Thomas Mueller and Andre Schurrle were fantastic up front.
"That the result would be so emphatic was not to be expected," German head coach Joachim Low told reporters, via SkySports.com. "Scoring three in four minutes the hosts were in shock, confused, and never returned to their original organisation. We were extremely cool and realized they were cracking up, and we took advantage of that."
This vine pretty much sums up how things went:
All 5 of Germany's goals https://t.co/SmzcLTIHv7— Footy Vines.com (@Footy_Vines_) July 8, 2014
And no, that's not in real time (nearly, though).
Almost unfairly lost in the mix, Miroslav Klose's first half strike put him in first place for most World Cup goals in history:
Even the home crowd was willing to applaud Germany's legend:
Big applause from the Brazilians here for Klose. While they're enraged, they respect Ronaldo's record being broke.— Kurtis Larson (@KurtLarSUN) July 8, 2014
Klose, however, wasn't so concerned with the record:
Klose's reaction to breaking the all-time World Cup record: "It's not so important. What's important is we stayed in control of the match."— tariq panja (@tariqpanja) July 8, 2014
Germany did a pretty good job of accomplishing that. Kroos scored his brace in the following 180 seconds, Khedira added another three minutes later and Schurrle nabbed two more in the second half to complete the jaw-dropping performance.
Luiz Felipe Scolari, via The Mirror's Jack Lang, put it simply afterwards:
Meanwhile, Germany are in an interesting position. A result like this, at least mentally, is close to being on par with a World Cup title. But they have one match left and will need to work hard to avoid a letdown after such an emotional high.
Still, as long as they play even a fraction as well as they did Tuesday, Die Mannschaft will be world champions on Sunday—whether it's Netherlands or Argentina on the other side of the pitch in Rio.