Brazil torn apart
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.