Without Neymar to respond in kind to their attacking might, or the suspended Thiago Silva to stem the flow of goals, Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men looked impotent as the margin of defeat spiralled into the proportions of a football massacre.
In the end, it was the biggest ever World Cup defeat suffered by Brazil; the biggest win in a semi-final, beating a record that has stood since 1930 when both Argentina and Uruguay recorded 6-1 wins; and the game in which Miroslav Klose became the all-time highest World Cup goalscorer, bagging his 16th strike at the age of 36.
Brazil’s heaviest defeat in a World Cup before facing Germany was the 3-0 suffered in 1998. Records weren’t so much broken as smashed.
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