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In all of German football's illustrious history at major international tournaments, Tuesday's drubbing of Brazil is, for the time being, the greatest. The margin of victory may not have been as great as that of the 2002 hammering of Saudi Arabia but it was the second-greatest result in terms of goal difference that Die Mannschaft ever recorded. And its significance by far trumps that of any other result on this list.
Records were shattered again and again on Tuesday. The first to go was Ronaldo's record of 15 career World Cup goals, exceeded by Miroslav Klose. That the German striker clinched the record in Ronaldo's home country, in the very stadium in which the Brazil legend began his professional career, makes it all the more remarkable.
ESPN reported on the many records broken and indeed shattered in Tuesday's match. Germany became the fastest team in World Cup history to score five goals. Their seven over the course of 90 minutes was the highest-ever tally in a semifinal, as was their six-goal margin of victory.
Germany also reached the final for the eighth time in their history, a record, and also surpassed Brazil as the most prolific team in the tournament's history with 223 goals compared to 220 for the South Americans.
This wasn't a group stage match, nor was it a match played against a notably poor team. This was played against the World Cup record champions, the pre-tournament favorites, the host team that hadn't lost a competitive match at home for 39 years. This was played against a team that had progressed to the semifinal and was on the cusp of glory. And then everything fell apart.
Especially significant about Germany's victory on Tuesday is that it came after a string of performances that weren't exactly convincing. Joachim Low's side had been effective but not exactly brilliant overall since their opener against Portugal.
If they win the final in any manner, the massacre of Brazil will be remembered as the spark to catalyze the historic victory. As World Cup winner Olaf Thon told DeutschlandFunk radio (h/t Reuters), the match will be remembered as a "game of the century."
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