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Brazil 1-7 Germany: World Cup 2014 Semi-Final As It Happened

08/07/2014 10:14 | Updated 08 July 2014

Brazil and Germany meet again in the World Cup for the first time since the Seleção's 2002 final victory. The hosts are underdogs this time and still smarting from Neymar's injury and Thiago Silva's suspension, but home advantage has been critical for this mediocre of Brazil sides at this World Cup and Germany have lost their last two semi-finals.

08/07/2014 22:51 BST

Some Brazilians are praying

Their prayers weren't answered. They were embarrassing and gutless. Paulinho looks to be arguing with Cesar and Gustavo, but they are being booed loudly by the Belo Horizonte crowd.

08/07/2014 22:48 BST

FULL-TIME: Brazil 1-7 (SEVEN) Germany

That is the biggest World Cup semi-final win.

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92 min

Luiz drills a harmlesss shot at Neuer and Germany break, but Ozil's pass for Draxler hasn't got enough pace on it and a free-kick is given.

08/07/2014 22:47 BST

GOAL!

Brazil have scored, courtesy of Oscar. Neuer starts to come for a long ball, Oscar cuts inside, Boateng looks unarsed, and he smashes the ball in for an undeserved, pointless goal.

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90 min

Ozil misses a sitter. He's played through one-on-one, the pass is fine, he has Schurrle to his right, but he pulls the ball wide of the post.

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89 min

Germany nearly play Schurrle in again but the pass just has a bit too much pace on it. Up the other end, Oscar is one-on-one from an acute angle yet, appropriately, lashes the ball out for a throw.

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88 min

Marcelo is lucky there. His appalling defending should be punished but Dante bails him out. The camera switches to Scolari, who looks like he wants to larup the left-back.

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85 min

Decent hit from Ramires, 20-odd yards out, but Neuer gets behind it and doesn't flinch. Anyone that says he isn't the best goalkeeper in the world is wrong.

08/07/2014 22:39 BST

83 min

Germany are taking the piss and Brazilian fans, according to the BBC's Steve Wilson, are serenading the passing with "Olés". Surreal.

08/07/2014 22:37 BST

81

Awful effort from Marcelo on the half-volley, as he kicks the ground more than the ball from just outside the area. Neuer wants to get on with the game and get an eighth.

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Nope, Ozil stays on and the outstanding Khedira is rested. He's arguably been Germany's best performer tonight.

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Nope, Ozil stays on and the outstanding Khedira is rested. He's arguably been Germany's best performer tonight.

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Probably for Ozil. This is usually his time to come off.

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Probably for Ozil. This is usually his time to come off.

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Paulinho smacks the ball into Neuer's arms. Jogi Low said the German keeper could play in midfield, why not try it now?

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Paulinho smacks the ball into Neuer's arms. Jogi Low said the German keeper could play in midfield, why not try it now?

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He gets booed again.

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He gets booed again.

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He has enriched this World Cup. Willian looks devastated that he's been brought on.

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He has enriched this World Cup. Willian looks devastated that he's been brought on.

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It is six. Lahm receives the ball from Khedira, but rather than shoot, he selflessly squares the ball for Schurrle, at the front of the queue eight yards out.

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It is six. Lahm receives the ball from Khedira, but rather than shoot, he selflessly squares the ball for Schurrle, at the front of the queue eight yards out.

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Dante is booked, deservedly, for a deliberate hack on Bayern teammate Muller. It's not the worst challenge of the evening, mind. Willian, who should have started ahead of Bernard, is coming on.

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Dante is booked, deservedly, for a deliberate hack on Bayern teammate Muller. It's not the worst challenge of the evening, mind. Willian, who should have started ahead of Bernard, is coming on.

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Another good chance to make it six for Germany but Schweinsteiger's through ball lures Cesar out and he gets to it before Schurrle can. The pass was carelessly overhit but the QPR goalkeeper did well.

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Another good chance to make it six for Germany but Schweinsteiger's through ball lures Cesar out and he gets to it before Schurrle can. The pass was carelessly overhit but the QPR goalkeeper did well.

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It started after a reliably appalling shot he attempted earlier.

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It started after a reliably appalling shot he attempted earlier.

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Muller makes the wrong call from the left as he looks for the ambitious cross for Schurrle when he should play in Ozil, who is closer by. Low looks genuinely annoyed, too, amusingly. Germany haven't scored for over half-an-hour.

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Muller makes the wrong call from the left as he looks for the ambitious cross for Schurrle when he should play in Ozil, who is closer by. Low looks genuinely annoyed, too, amusingly. Germany haven't scored for over half-an-hour.

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That looked like a penalty on Maicon. Luiz plays an admittedly perfect pass the right -back controls and he goes down. Replays show it's another Brazilian dive but the referee doesn't bother with the card. The Brazil corner is claimed by Neuer.

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That looked like a penalty on Maicon. Luiz plays an admittedly perfect pass the right -back controls and he goes down. Replays show it's another Brazilian dive but the referee doesn't bother with the card. The Brazil corner is claimed by Neuer.

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Very good save from Cesar. He denied Muller earlier as he tried to round him and this time the German opts for a left-footed curler that is tipped over the bar.

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Very good save from Cesar. He denied Muller earlier as he tried to round him and this time the German opts for a left-footed curler that is tipped over the bar.

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The record-breaking Klose makes way for Andre Schurrle.

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The record-breaking Klose makes way for Andre Schurrle.

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David Luiz, who has performed gutlessly this evening, lays the ball off for Cesar when just about every non-Brazilian in the world wanted him to put the ball into his own net.

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David Luiz, who has performed gutlessly this evening, lays the ball off for Cesar when just about every non-Brazilian in the world wanted him to put the ball into his own net.

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Brilliant double save from Nuer. The ball bounces through invitingly to Paulinho, whose first effort is palmed away by the big German and his second is also repelled by the indomitable stopper.

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Brilliant double save from Nuer. The ball bounces through invitingly to Paulinho, whose first effort is palmed away by the big German and his second is also repelled by the indomitable stopper.

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Oscar has to score that but he smacks the ball straight at Neuer from Ramires' pass. Brazil have been better, although that is mainly due to Germany scoring five in the first-half and having the game wrapped up.

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Oscar has to score that but he smacks the ball straight at Neuer from Ramires' pass. Brazil have been better, although that is mainly due to Germany scoring five in the first-half and having the game wrapped up.

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Paulinho goes wide to Bernard and his cross is so appalling Neuer actually flaps at it but palms the ball to a teammate. Fred then plays Ramires in down the right-hand channel and Neuer has to parry his low drive intended for Oscar.

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Paulinho goes wide to Bernard and his cross is so appalling Neuer actually flaps at it but palms the ball to a teammate. Fred then plays Ramires in down the right-hand channel and Neuer has to parry his low drive intended for Oscar.

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Oscar goes down looking for a penalty and then Fred does likewise. Embarrassing tumbles from both.

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Oscar goes down looking for a penalty and then Fred does likewise. Embarrassing tumbles from both.

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Hummels off, Mertesacker on. Hulk and Fernandinho off, Paulinho and Ramires on.

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Hummels off, Mertesacker on. Hulk and Fernandinho off, Paulinho and Ramires on.

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Yes. Brazil 0-5 (FiVE) Germany.

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Yes. Brazil 0-5 (FiVE) Germany.

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The a cappella booing should be something.

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The a cappella booing should be something.

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Hummels should play Ozil in on the counter but his pass is blocked by Maicon. Brazil over-committed there for a free-kick - what's the point? This will go down as one of their most ignominious thrashings and it's damage limitation from now on.

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Hummels should play Ozil in on the counter but his pass is blocked by Maicon. Brazil over-committed there for a free-kick - what's the point? This will go down as one of their most ignominious thrashings and it's damage limitation from now on.

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The foot has eased off the gas now. For a period after Khedira's fifth goal Germany looked in a ruthless mood but are now conserving their energy ahead of a first final since 1990.

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The foot has eased off the gas now. For a period after Khedira's fifth goal Germany looked in a ruthless mood but are now conserving their energy ahead of a first final since 1990.

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Luiz, now playing so far forward he might as well be the No.10, plays Oscar in but his shot is blocked. Germany break, albeit casually, and Kroos misdirects a pass intended for Muller.

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Luiz, now playing so far forward he might as well be the No.10, plays Oscar in but his shot is blocked. Germany break, albeit casually, and Kroos misdirects a pass intended for Muller.

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Germany's only worry now will be injuries and suspensions. Gustavo's tackle and Brazil's general thuggery could endanger some of Low's players.

Klose makes the wrong choice again with Germany seemingly on the verge of a sixth goal. He can at least console himself with that record 16th goal - which was meaningful at the time.

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Germany's only worry now will be injuries and suspensions. Gustavo's tackle and Brazil's general thuggery could endanger some of Low's players.

Klose makes the wrong choice again with Germany seemingly on the verge of a sixth goal. He can at leas...Read More"},{"id":"50","created":"08/07/2014 21:38 BST","title":"38 min","tweet_link":"50_38-min","entry_text":"

Ozil pings the dead ball well over the crossbar. He can afford to have another off night now.

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Ozil pings the dead ball well over the crossbar. He can afford to have another off night now.

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Germany are not easing off. They are permanently camped in the Brazilian half and Luiz Gustavo has just crudely fouled Muller but somehow evades a booking. Kroos will fancy this, 25 yards out, right to the goal.

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Germany are not easing off. They are permanently camped in the Brazilian half and Luiz Gustavo has just crudely fouled Muller but somehow evades a booking. Kroos will fancy this, 25 yards out, right to the goal.

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It should be six. Germany have four-on-three, Klose suddenly is running like a sprinter but he makes the wrong choice of pass when Muller is surging down the right. At this rate, Muller will break Klose's record by the end of the 90.

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It should be six. Germany have four-on-three, Klose suddenly is running like a sprinter but he makes the wrong choice of pass when Muller is surging down the right. At this rate, Muller will break Klose's record by the end of the 90.

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Kroos goes wide to Khedira, who wins a throw-in. Marcelo cannot have experienced a more disastrous 34 minutes since he was at primary school. Germany have been devastating down the right-hand side.

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Kroos goes wide to Khedira, who wins a throw-in. Marcelo cannot have experienced a more disastrous 34 minutes since he was at primary school. Germany have been devastating down the right-hand side.

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Kroos nearly gets a hat-trick when his curler deflects off Fernadinho and goes out for a corner.

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Kroos nearly gets a hat-trick when his curler deflects off Fernadinho and goes out for a corner.

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Half-an-hour in, their team is 5-0 down in a World Cup semi-final. At this rate, they'll lose 15-0.

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Half-an-hour in, their team is 5-0 down in a World Cup semi-final. At this rate, they'll lose 15-0.

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Luiz was robbed, Khedira, outstanding, gives it to Ozil, Ozil gives it to Khedira and he sticks it in the back of the net. This is outrageous.

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Luiz was robbed, Khedira, outstanding, gives it to Ozil, Ozil gives it to Khedira and he sticks it in the back of the net. This is outrageous.

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5-0! Not surprised anymore. This time it's Khedira!

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5-0! Not surprised anymore. This time it's Khedira!

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Fernandinho, desperate to make amends, hares down the right but is blocked. Maicon tries similarly and eventually Hulk goes down under a challenge from Howedes but doesn't get a free-kick. It was a clear foul and a booking, but Brazil's luck has well and truly run out tonight.

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Fernandinho, desperate to make amends, hares down the right but is blocked. Maicon tries similarly and eventually Hulk goes down under a challenge from Howedes but doesn't get a free-kick. It was a clear foul and a booking, but Brazil's luck has well a...Read More"},{"id":"41","created":"08/07/2014 21:27 BST","title":"27 min","tweet_link":"41_27-min","entry_text":"

It was Fernandinho who was caught in possession from the re-start. Germany even looked unarsed celebrating both of Kroos' goals, it's been that easy.

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It was Fernandinho who was caught in possession from the re-start. Germany even looked unarsed celebrating both of Kroos' goals, it's been that easy.

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It's Kroos again. He nicks the ball, he plays in Khedira and the midfielder selflessly plays it back to Kroos and he tucks the ball into an empty net. Astonishing. Embarrassing.

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It's Kroos again. He nicks the ball, he plays in Khedira and the midfielder selflessly plays it back to Kroos and he tucks the ball into an empty net. Astonishing. Embarrassing.

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OH MY GOD IT IS 4-0!

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OH MY GOD IT IS 4-0!

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Down the right Germany go again. Ozil to Lahm, his cross is missed by Muller but Kroos connects with it on his left peg, it's not quite in the corner, Cesar gets a hand to it, but it smacks the back of the net.

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Down the right Germany go again. Ozil to Lahm, his cross is missed by Muller but Kroos connects with it on his left peg, it's not quite in the corner, Cesar gets a hand to it, but it smacks the back of the net.

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It's 3-0! Kroos!

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It's 3-0! Kroos!

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Kroos received the ball outside the area, he noticed Muller's run, the Bayern forward laid it off for Klose, his first effort was saved but he tucked away the rebound. Brazil just can't handle Germany.

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Kroos received the ball outside the area, he noticed Muller's run, the Bayern forward laid it off for Klose, his first effort was saved but he tucked away the rebound. Brazil just can't handle Germany.

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MIROSLAV KLOSE IS THE ALL-TIME RECORD WORLD CUP GOALSCORER!

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MIROSLAV KLOSE IS THE ALL-TIME RECORD WORLD CUP GOALSCORER!

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Khedira's been excellent so far, Klose less so. The veteran striker gets a weak shot off at goal when again he had options to his right. Muller is back on the ball up against Marcelo and sees a cross blocked.

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Khedira's been excellent so far, Klose less so. The veteran striker gets a weak shot off at goal when again he had options to his right. Muller is back on the ball up against Marcelo and sees a cross blocked.

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The goalkeepers aren't having to work too much but the pace of the game is akin to a computer game. The one time Ozil does something of note he gives up on the run and wants a foul against Luiz, but he's merely being weak. Brazil look so uncomfortable at the back without Thiago Silva and Cesar haplessly punts the ball out for a throw-in - inside his own third.

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The goalkeepers aren't having to work too much but the pace of the game is akin to a computer game. The one time Ozil does something of note he gives up on the run and wants a foul against Luiz, but he's merely being weak. Brazil look so uncomfortable ...Read More"},{"id":"32","created":"08/07/2014 21:19 BST","title":"19 min","tweet_link":"32_19-min","entry_text":"

Germany have a three-on-two in their favour but Muller's intended pass for Ozil is poor. Brazil are so gung-ho, though, more chances are likely to come their way.

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Germany have a three-on-two in their favour but Muller's intended pass for Ozil is poor. Brazil are so gung-ho, though, more chances are likely to come their way.

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Lahm slides in dangerously on Marcelo inside the area but gets the ball. It's a terrific tackle, but Boateng is furious with Marcelo and claims he dived and confronts him. Marcelo appealed for the penalty, too, when he actually dived.

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Lahm slides in dangerously on Marcelo inside the area but gets the ball. It's a terrific tackle, but Boateng is furious with Marcelo and claims he dived and confronts him. Marcelo appealed for the penalty, too, when he actually dived.

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Bernard metes out the first rough foul of the evening on Kroos but isn't booked. Germany have taken the sting out of a breakneck start which has benefitted from a number of players' mental and physical frailties. There's something carefree about some of the Brazilians, especially the marauding Maicon, although that doesn't compensate for his performance level these days.

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Bernard metes out the first rough foul of the evening on Kroos but isn't booked. Germany have taken the sting out of a breakneck start which has benefitted from a number of players' mental and physical frailties. There's something carefree about some o...Read More"},{"id":"29","created":"08/07/2014 21:14 BST","title":"14 min","tweet_link":"29_14-min","entry_text":"

The noise level has certainly gone down in Belo Horizonte. Brazil began this match so energetically and had a decent half chance when Neuer intervened, but the game has been incredibly open. Luiz goes on the charge now, barging past Klose and leaving him prostrate, but nothing comes of the attack. He should have been penalised for fouling, and possibly even red-carded.

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The noise level has certainly gone down in Belo Horizonte. Brazil began this match so energetically and had a decent half chance when Neuer intervened, but the game has been incredibly open. Luiz goes on the charge now, barging past Klose and leaving h...Read More"},{"id":"28","created":"08/07/2014 21:11 BST","title":"1-0","tweet_link":"28_10","entry_text":"

Awful defending from Brazil. Kroos flighted the ball to the far post and Muller is, astonishingly, unmarked and he sidefoots the ball past Julio Cesar on the volley. That's his fifth of the tournament and 10th World Cup goal overall. He's still only 24.

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Awful defending from Brazil. Kroos flighted the ball to the far post and Muller is, astonishingly, unmarked and he sidefoots the ball past Julio Cesar on the volley. That's his fifth of the tournament and 10th World Cup goal overall. He's still only 24...Read More"},{"id":"27","created":"08/07/2014 21:10 BST","title":"GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLL","tweet_link":"27_goooooooooaaaaaaaaallllll","entry_text":"

Thomas Muller! Brazil 0-1 Germany!

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Thomas Muller! Brazil 0-1 Germany!

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Luiz goes long again and finds Hulk, his pass back is received by Marcelo but the left-back miscontrols the ball and Germany are haring down the right again before the full-back gets back to concede a corner. Open start.

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Luiz goes long again and finds Hulk, his pass back is received by Marcelo but the left-back miscontrols the ball and Germany are haring down the right again before the full-back gets back to concede a corner. Open start.

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Ozil has lost it again. Fred tries to thread Hulk through but Schweinsteiger reads the danger. Germany counter and Khedira lays the ball wide to Muller, but he has also started nervously and Marcelo robs him of the ball before he is held back by the Bayern forward, who is lucky not to be booked.

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Ozil has lost it again. Fred tries to thread Hulk through but Schweinsteiger reads the danger. Germany counter and Khedira lays the ball wide to Muller, but he has also started nervously and Marcelo robs him of the ball before he is held back by the Ba...Read More"},{"id":"24","created":"08/07/2014 21:08 BST","title":"8 min","tweet_link":"24_8-min","entry_text":"

Good chance for Germany. Muller crosses from the right to the far post, Ozil knocks it back in and finds Khedira but his shot is blocked by Kroos - it looked to be on target - and eventually Klose is inexplicably penalised for a phantom foul on David Luiz.

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Good chance for Germany. Muller crosses from the right to the far post, Ozil knocks it back in and finds Khedira but his shot is blocked by Kroos - it looked to be on target - and eventually Klose is inexplicably penalised for a phantom foul on David L...Read More"},{"id":"23","created":"08/07/2014 21:07 BST","title":"7 min","tweet_link":"23_7-min","entry_text":"

Maicon goes on the charge after Ozil is again eased off the ball but his surge is quickly interrupted. The pent up aggression of this Brazilian side has intensified, judging by this start.

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Maicon goes on the charge after Ozil is again eased off the ball but his surge is quickly interrupted. The pent up aggression of this Brazilian side has intensified, judging by this start.

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Just when Germany are settling into the game Muller misplaces a careless pass and Brazil are back on the ball. Luiz's crossfield pass earlier actually came from inside his own third - it was a tremendous piece of distribution - and also an indicator of how direct Brazil can - and will? - be minus Neymar. Ozil already looks like he has stage fright.

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Just when Germany are settling into the game Muller misplaces a careless pass and Brazil are back on the ball. Luiz's crossfield pass earlier actually came from inside his own third - it was a tremendous piece of distribution - and also an indicator of...Read More"},{"id":"21","created":"08/07/2014 21:04 BST","title":"4 min","tweet_link":"21_4-min","entry_text":"

Magnificent crossfield pass from Luiz inside his own half to Hulk, but his cross is intercepted by the alert Neuer, who was alert. Germany break but Klose is too slow when he should have played Muller in on the right.

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Magnificent crossfield pass from Luiz inside his own half to Hulk, but his cross is intercepted by the alert Neuer, who was alert. Germany break but Klose is too slow when he should have played Muller in on the right.

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An iffy start from the Germans continues as Ozil loses his footing and Brazil are on the front foot again. Marcelo takes aim from just over 20 yards but the ball bounces harmlessly wide of Neuer's left-hand post.

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An iffy start from the Germans continues as Ozil loses his footing and Brazil are on the front foot again. Marcelo takes aim from just over 20 yards but the ball bounces harmlessly wide of Neuer's left-hand post.

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Jerome Boateng, of course, immediately cedes possession and there's a brief panic as Brazil venture into the Brazilian third and Schweinsteiger is forced to block a Fernandinho cross that goes out for a throw. But no, the linesman has erroneously gives a corner. Boateng clears, however.

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Jerome Boateng, of course, immediately cedes possession and there's a brief panic as Brazil venture into the Brazilian third and Schweinsteiger is forced to block a Fernandinho cross that goes out for a throw. But no, the linesman has erroneously gives...Read More"},{"id":"18","created":"08/07/2014 21:00 BST","title":"KICK-OFF!","tweet_link":"18_kickoff","entry_text":"

Germany get us underway in their red and black away strip.

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Germany get us underway in their red and black away strip.

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\"brazil

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Give it a rest, lads. He's not dead.

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Give it a rest, lads. He's not dead.

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Jogi Low just received a gift bag from an amiable Scolari. Germany will observe their national anthem first before Brazil belt out theirs with the a cappella chorus.

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Jogi Low just received a gift bag from an amiable Scolari. Germany will observe their national anthem first before Brazil belt out theirs with the a cappella chorus.

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Per Mertesacker, Lahm, Klose and Lukas Podolski all suffered the trauma of the 2006 semi-final defeat against Italy in Dortmund. Two of them start tonight, all four played against Spain in the last four loss four years ago.

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Per Mertesacker, Lahm, Klose and Lukas Podolski all suffered the trauma of the 2006 semi-final defeat against Italy in Dortmund. Two of them start tonight, all four played against Spain in the last four loss four years ago.

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Well, sort of...

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Well, sort of...

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Yes, they are in tribute to Neymar, who's alive, not dead...

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Yes, they are in tribute to Neymar, who's alive, not dead...

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What a strange World Cup the 2002 edition was. No Netherlands, favourites Argentina and France out at the group stage along with Portugal, Italy eliminated in the last 16, and an awful Germany beating Saudi Arabia, Cameroon, Paraguay, the USA and South Korea en route to the final. It ended rather wonderfully, though...

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What a strange World Cup the 2002 edition was. No Netherlands, favourites Argentina and France out at the group stage along with Portugal, Italy eliminated in the last 16, and an awful Germany beating Saudi Arabia, Cameroon, Paraguay, the USA and South...Read More"},{"id":"10","created":"08/07/2014 20:16 BST","title":"Bernard","tweet_link":"10_bernard","entry_text":"

Brazilian players have been praying to God an awful lot lately, and if they're looking for an omen then they've got one. Bernard wears 20, the number donned by Amarildo when he replaced Pele in the 1962 World Cup that Brazil won in Chile.

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Brazilian players have been praying to God an awful lot lately, and if they're looking for an omen then they've got one. Bernard wears 20, the number donned by Amarildo when he replaced Pele in the 1962 World Cup that Brazil won in Chile.

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Brazil pass completion rate so far at World Cup is 73%. That's lower than 19 of 20 Prem Lge teams (including Allardyce's #WHUFC) last season

— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) July 8, 2014

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Brazil pass completion rate so far at World Cup is 73%. That's lower than 19 of 20 Prem Lge teams (including Allardyce's #WHUFC) last seasonRead More"},{"id":"8","created":"08/07/2014 20:07 BST","title":"5 reasons why it would be a disaster if Brazil win the World Cup","tweet_link":"8_5-reasons-why-it-would-be-a-disaster-if-brazil-win-the-world-cup","entry_text":"

Here they are, for your reading (dis)pleasure.

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Here they are, for your reading (dis)pleasure.

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His inclusion is something of a surprise after his anonymous display against France. Germany were a much more balanced side in the quarters with Lahm back at right-back, but Muller's potency came in a strikerless system and Andre Schurrle's exclusion is harsh again. Schurrle, though, effected the game against Algeria in the last 16 and he could fill the impact sub role again.

Klose, as if the footballing world needs reminding, is one goal away from becoming the record World Cup goalscorer.

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His inclusion is something of a surprise after his anonymous display against France. Germany were a much more balanced side in the quarters with Lahm back at right-back, but Muller's potency came in a strikerless system and Andre Schurrle's exclusion i...Read More"},{"id":"6","created":"08/07/2014 19:50 BST","title":"Germany unchanged","tweet_link":"6_germany-unchanged","entry_text":"

#GER LINE-UP: Neuer, Hoewedes, Hummels, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Klose, Muller, Lahm (c), Kroos, Boateng #BRAGER #WorldCup #Joinin

— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 8, 2014

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#GER LINE-UP: Neuer, Hoewedes, Hummels, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Klose, Muller, Lahm (c), Kroos, Boateng Read More"},{"id":"5","created":"08/07/2014 19:50 BST","title":"Brazil XI","tweet_link":"5_brazil-xi","entry_text":"

#BRA LINE-UP: Julio Cesar, David Luiz (c), Fernandinho, Marcelo, Hulk, Fred, Oscar, Dante, Luiz Gustavo, Bernard, Maicon #BRAGER #WorldCup

— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 8, 2014

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#BRA LINE-UP: Julio Cesar, David Luiz (c), Fernandinho, Marcelo, Hulk, Fred, Oscar, Dante, Luiz Gustavo, Bernard, Maicon Read More"},{"id":"4","created":"08/07/2014 19:49 BST","title":"Bernard is in for Brazil","tweet_link":"4_bernard-is-in-for-brazil","entry_text":"

So Willian misses out as Luiz Felipe Scolari plumps for the Shakhtar Donetsk winger. The 21-year-old came on against Croatia and Mexico in Brazil's opening games but barely impressed. Willian, for all his flair, is quite the workhorse although Bernard's selection is possibly more negative.

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So Willian misses out as Luiz Felipe Scolari plumps for the Shakhtar Donetsk winger. The 21-year-old came on against Croatia and Mexico in Brazil's opening games but barely impressed. Willian, for all his flair, is quite the workhorse although Bernard'...Read More"},{"id":"3","created":"08/07/2014 19:45 BST","title":"And what of Germany?","tweet_link":"3_and-what-of-germany","entry_text":"

This is their 12th World Cup semi-final and fourth in succession. Re-live the 11 they've already played here.

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This is their 12th World Cup semi-final and fourth in succession. Re-live the 11 they've alr...Read More"},{"id":"2","created":"08/07/2014 19:43 BST","title":"Sky are showing the Brazil '82 side in their Football's Greatest series","tweet_link":"2_sky-are-showing-the-brazil-82-side-in-their-footballs-greatest-series","entry_text":"

Perfect timing; a reminder of the good old days, if you'll forgive The Fast Show vibe, when Brazil undeniably were better. From Socrates, Eder and Zico to Jo, Fred and Hulk, the 2014 side has already gone one better than the '82 demigods and reached the last four and will be desperate to go a step further.

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Perfect timing; a reminder of the good old days, if you'll forgive The Fast Show vibe, when Brazil undeniably were better. From Socrates, Eder and Zico to Jo, Fred and Hulk, the 2014 side has already gone one better than the '82 demigods and r...Read More"},{"id":"1","created":"08/07/2014 19:39 BST","title":"Swing low, sweet chariot...","tweet_link":"1_swing-low-sweet-chariot","entry_text":"

Rumour has it Brazilian fans will be paying homage to their Stoke brethren and will air England's rugby chant this evening to signal their country's transformation from aesthetes to artisans to arseholes. Well, perhaps that is a slight exaggeration, but Brazil are one of the most unpopular World Cup hosts in living memory and it is mainly the natives that are desperate for a Seleção win against Germany. Marcelo's deliberate punt out for a throw-in in the 70th minute of their bruising quarter-final victory over Colombia was one of the darkest moments in Brazilian football, let alone this World Cup, however the fans lapped it up, wooping and cheering every block, tackle or foul and there could be more of the same tonight. Neymar, the samba man amongst the amblers, is out injured and their best defender and captain Thiago Silva is also absent. They couldn't, could they? Team news is on the way.

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Rumour has it Brazilian fans will be paying homage to their Stoke brethren and will air England's rugby chant this evening to signal their country's transformation from aesthetes to artisans to arseholes. Well, perhaps that is a slight exaggeration, bu...Read More"}]

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