Friday 15 December 2017

Hummels: We made pact not to humiliate Brazil

GERMANY allegedly made a half-time pact not to humiliate Brazil in in their astonishing semi-final clash on Tuesday night.

Joachim Low's side led 5-0 after the first 45 minutes in Belo Horizonte before completing a 7-1 rout to reach Sunday's World Cup final.

But defender Mats Hummels said they were determined to be professional after the break.

Hummels said: "We just made it clear that we had to stay focused and not try to humiliate them.

"We said we had to stay serious and concentrate at half-time. That's something you don't have to show on the pitch if you are playing.

"You have to show the opponent respect and it was very important that we did this and didn't try to show some magic or something like this. It was important we played our game for 90 minutes."

Hummels, who hopes to recover from injury in time for Sunday's final, believes Germany will have to deliver a repeat performance in Rio de Janeiro.

"After our second goal they got confused. They were not organised on the pitch and after that we didn't miss a chance until we scored the fifth goal. This doesn't happen too often. You just have to enjoy it," he added.

Meanwhile, two-goal hero Toni Kroos said: "We are here to become world champions but no one becomes world champions in the semi-final and there is still and extremely difficult step - this was the feeling in a dressing room.

"Sure, when do you win a World Cup semi-final 7-1... but we still have one more match to go. We have to deliver another absolutely top performance otherwise we will lose the final - and I am convinced we will win."

Germany coach Joachim Low believes Brazil cracked under the pressure of being hosts.

Low said: "Let's put it into context: the hosts were unable to deal with the pressure.

"We had a clear, persistent game-plan and if we were courageous and believed in our own strengths, we would win this match."

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