Yes, Neymar Jr, Brazil’s youth talisman was injured badly. Yes, Thiago Silva, one of the best defenders in the world, was out of that lineup too.
But that shouldn’t have stopped Brazil. If anything, their team still had loads of talent in them, and they were capable of beating Germany, at least on paper. If, of course, one can ignore the fact that Chile came rather close to beating them too. After all, Germany lost Marco Reus, Ilkay Gündogan and Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund’s extremely talented lot) before the tournament and that didn’t deter them.
Unfortunately, Tuesday’s match didn’t go according to the wishes of the 200 million football crazy population. While they were reduced to sobs, the world was in shock, accompanied by some rather tumultuous humor on Twitter and Facebook. Some said it was a Tennis Scoreline, others said Christ The Redeemer had changed his pose to a facepalm. Some people were audacious enough to compare it to the Holocaust and Nazism.
All jokes aside, If you analyze the match solely on the basis of its statistics, you would think it was like any other equally poised match.
Then why the Huge score difference? How did Germany possibly manage to score 4 goals in 6 minutes?
Simple. Because all the goals that Germany scored were not primarily from Build-up play, but from severe defensive lapses in Brazil.
Müller was unmarked in the box for the first goal, which came from a well executed Kroos corner.
The second, Klose’s Mardi Gras for the record, again fed by Kroos, was a neat one-two between Müller and Klose which ended in the latter netting it in the rebound from Cesar’s initial save, with not more than 2 Brazilians in the box.
Number 3 was Klose’s thank-you card. He received the ball from the right-wing, faked and set in Kroos’ path, who was comically unmarked and shot it in the left.
As if these weren’t enough to send a message, Khedira and Kroos actually repeated goal number 2, with only 2 scrambling yellows in the box, and then moments later, Khedira himself got on the scoresheet with a nutmeg-style-threaded shot through Maicon with valuable assisting from Özil and Klose.
After half-time, Brazil tried to look lively, occasionally breaking away and even getting a couple of shots on goal. However, Germany had a Berlin Wall of a Goalkeeper in the form of Manuel Neuer, who made a string of fantastic saves to deny Brazil a goal. On second thoughts, he can’t be a wall, because Neuer’s box extends beyond the regular goalkeeping zone. He’s like elastic stretching different in different directions.