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Monday 11 December 2017

Brazil
 torn apart

A Brazil fan cries as she watches the 2014 World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany at a fan area in Brasilia, July 8, 2014. Germany scored five goals in 18 astonishing first-half minutes on their way to a 7-1 semi-final mauling of Brazil on Tuesday which shattered the host nation's hopes of winning their sixth World Cup. It was the most shocking result in the tournament's history, Brazil's record World Cup defeat and their first at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
A Brazil fan cries as she watches the 2014 World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany at a fan area in Brasilia, July 8, 2014. Germany scored five goals in 18 astonishing first-half minutes on their way to a 7-1 semi-final mauling of Brazil on Tuesday which shattered the host nation's hopes of winning their sixth World Cup. It was the most shocking result in the tournament's history, Brazil's record World Cup defeat and their first at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

BRAZIL'S dream of making a return to a World Cup final in the Maracana were shattered in the most painful manner as the hosts slumped to a 7-1 humiliation against Germany in last night's semi-final.

The absence of Neymar and captain Thiago Silva saw an evening of high emotion pre-kick-off at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte turn into a horror show.

Two goals by Toni Kroos, plus one each for Thomas Muller, Sami Khedira and record-breaking 16th World Cup goal for Miroslav Klose saw the visitors almost delirious and the hosts struck dumb.

Brazil had tried to use Neymar's absence as an inspiration, slowly parading on to the field with stand-in captain David Luiz and keeper Julio Cesar clutching Neymar's shirt as they belted out the national anthem.

Germany eased up after the break but still managed to add two more goals from substitute Andreas Schurrle, while Oscar netted a consolation goal late on.

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