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Even now, it's still hard to believe: Brazil, the tournament favorites, playing at home, where they were undefeated in competitive matches for 39 years.
In an emotional semi-final in the tournament they had been building toward for several years, Brazil were not just beaten but flayed: 7-1. With four goals scored inside a period of six minutes in the first half.
The 2014 World Cup was Brazil's chance to overcome the trauma of the Maracanazo, the 1950 tournament when they lost the final match to Uruguay, having been so confident of success that the victory song had already been composed and headlines written commending their success.
Finally, with the World Cup returning to Brazil for the first time since that day, 2014 could be the ultimate tale of national redemption. Instead we were served a tale of the ultimate humiliation.
While most viewed this game through the prism of a Brazilian collapse, surprisingly little credit was paid to the team that put seven impressive goals past them. The last goal, Andre Schurrle's second, was one of the goals of the tournament, and it perfectly illustrated the incisive passing and ruthless finishing that had brought his team to that point.
It would also be simplistic to blame the result on the absence of the injured Neymar and suspended Thiago Silva. Brazil still had enough talent on the park to at least trouble the Germans, who themselves hadn't looked that impressive since thumping Portugal in their opening game.
But Germany was stereotypically clinical and efficient in dispatching the Brazilians; Thomas Mueller was surprisingly restrained for a man opening the scoring in a World Cup semi-final. Indeed, none of their goals were celebrated with much more fanfare than a training game.
The 7-1 scoreline will become instantly recognizable to all soccer fans, and many will recall where they were when the saw the match. It will surely become one of the most famous matches in World Cup history; the stats alone ensure this: most goals in a World Cup semi-final, Brazil's biggest-ever losing margin, their first loss at home in a competitive fixture since 1975.
But this wasn't just World Cup history, it was national history. Brazil never did get to erase the memory of the Maracanazo; indeed, they never got to play a single game at the Maracana in this tournament after falling at the penultimate hurdle.
Instead, the Mineirazo was born.