Brazil’s Hammering at the Belo Horizonte
Brazil took on Germany on 8 July 2014 at the Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in the first semi-final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Both former champions reached the stage with an undefeated record in the competition.
The game however didn’t only end Brazil’s unbeaten record but also did a lot more damage than anyone would’ve ever forseen. A shocking loss for Brazil; Germany led 5–0 at half time, with 4 goals scored in a span of 6 minutes, and subsequently brought the score up to 7–0 in the second half. Brazil did however score a goal in the dying moments of the game, ending the match 7–1. Germany’s win marked the largest margin of victory in a FIFA World Cup semi-final.
The game also saw Germany score the most goals in World Cup tournament history, their 223 overtaking Brazil’s 221. The German’s second goal was also historic; scored by MiroslavKlose,it was the Poland-born striker’s 16th in the World Cup, overtaking Brazil’s own Ronaldo as the tournament’s all-time record goalscorer. Brazil’s loss broke their 62-match home unbeaten streak in competitive matches going back to 1975, when they lost 1–3 to Peru in that year’s Copa América, and equaled their biggest margin of defeat, a 6–0 loss to Uruguay in 1920, causing the match to be described as a national humiliation. The game was subsequently dubbed by the Brazilian media as the Mineirazo, evoking the spirit of national shame brought by the Maracanazo in which Brazil unexpectedly lost the 1950 FIFA World Cup on home soil to Uruguay.
Germany went on to win the World Cup for the fourth time after defeating Argentina in the final, and became the first European nation to win the World Cup in South America. Germany also made history by ensuring three European teams won three tournaments in a row