Sporting Advent Calendar #23: Brazil’s haunting humiliation at the hands of Germany
‘Germany spent most of the second half gently and quizically toeing the lifeless carcass of a nation’s dreams’
A Brazil fan after watching his side beingbeaten 7-1 by Germany in the World Cupsemi-final at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Brazil fans dejected after the 7-1 defeat to Germany at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images
Luiz Gustavo (l), Maicon (c), David Luiz (2nd r) and Julio Cesar (r) of Brazil afterthe 7-1 defeat to Germany at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Brazil’s defence dishevelled after conceding yet again in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Francois Xavier Marit / Getty Images.
Germany’s forward Andre Schürrle (2nd r) celebrates with team mates after scoring the seventh against Brazil in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys / Getty Images
‘It’ll be fine,’ he said.
‘My team-mates have got it covered,’ he said.
‘I have full faith in them,’ he said.
Poor Neymar, how wrong he was. Days after literally breaking his back to get his side to the World Cup semi-final, Brazil’s fallen hero was powerless to stop the most humiliating of defeats playing out in front of a gobsmacked home crowd.
Children wept, women wailed, one man tried to eat his jersey while slumped over the stadium railing looking every bit like Bruce Banner after somebody had spilled his pint.
The Maracanazo was bad; haunting, even. But the world’s a smaller place now and it was pointing and laughing on the night of July 8th as the Brazilian defence, with David Luiz running around like his hair was on fire, repeatedly waved the Germans through a brittle defence denied the suspended Thiago Silva in Belo Horizonte.
The final humiliation when things can’t get any lower is the pity that befalls a hitherto remorseless foe. Germany spent most of the second half gently and quizically toeing the lifeless carcass of a nation’s dreams, almost embarrassed for them and the part they themselves had played in their destruction.
Still, on comes a sub who’s not feeling at all bad about the situation and bangs in another two - Schürrle, Schürrle.
It would be an insult to consolations to call Oscar’s 90th minute response anything of the sort.
The ghost of the Maracana was exorcised but there’s a bigger bogeyman in town now.