Toni Kroos, Germany midfielder and Budweiser Man of the Match
It was an impressive performance. It’s the best team performance for Germany I’ve been involved in. We started believing from the first minute as we thought that Brazil were a little bit hesitant in their decision-making and we took advantage of that. After we scored the first, the goals kept coming. Had someone had said we’d have won 7-1 I wouldn’t have believed them, but I thought we were outstanding, that’s all I can say. We’re here to become world champions, we’re happy and relieved to go through – but there’s still one game to go. No-one has won the World Cup in a semi-final.

Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil coach
It’s the worst moment of my football career and the worst day of my football life. But life goes on. Who is responsible for this result? I am, it’s me. The blame for this catastrophic result can be shared between us all, but the person who decided the line-up, the tactics was me. It was my choice. We tried to do what we could, we did our best – but we came up against a great German team. We couldn’t react to going behind. We got disorganised and panicked after the first goal and then it all went wrong for us. Not even the Germans can tell you how this happened – but it’s because of their skills and you have to respect that. We have to learn to deal with it. My message for the Brazilian people is this. Please excuse us for this performance. I’m sorry that we weren’t able to get to the final – and we’re going to try to win the third place match. We still have something to play for. ”

Source: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=255955/match=300186474/quotes.html

Ironical as it may sound , the best day of some one’s life turns out to be the worst day of some one else’s life ?

Joachim Low,Toni Kroos and Luiz Felipe Scolari are so very right…

I thought it was once again that man,Thomas Müller, who opened the flood gates and what followed was a never witnessed six minutes of mayhem..

Muller celebrates scoring his fifth goal of Brazil 2014

Muller celebrates scoring his fifth goal of Brazil 2014.

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The stunned Brazilian faces just could not face that initial strike and they were simply outclassed by the stunning attacking midlfielders Müller,Kroos,Khedira and Özil . They effortlessly created oppurtunities and scored in a never before fashion 4 goals in 6 minutes, Kroos getting 2 in 2 minutes. They were simply outstanding.There has never been a more dominant performace by a outstanding bunch of footballers. I felt Brazil defence was stunned and  just caved in, wonder if this would have happened had captain Thiago Emiliano da Silva been available ? felt horribly sorry for talismanic David Luiz, who was reduced to a spectator..

The poor – stand in captain has this to say :

” ” just wanted to give joy to the people who suffer so much. Unfortunately we could not, sorry everyone, all Brazilians. I just wanted to see people smiling. Everyone knows how important it was for me. I wanted to see everyone happy. [Germany] were better prepared. It is a day of great sadness and a lot of learning too.” Source: http://www.businessinsider.in/Brazil-Player-Makes-A-Crushing-Heartfelt-Apology-To-His-Country-After-7-1-Loss/articleshow/38043546.cms

More pictures from the semi final match.

Kroos celebrates scoring his brace in the first half. He was later voted Budweiser Man of the Match.

Kroos celebrates scoring his brace in the first half. He was later voted Budweiser Man of the Match.

Germany's Toni Kroos celebrates scoring with Sami Khedira at the Estadio Mineirao.

Germany’s Toni Kroos celebrates scoring with Sami Khedira at the Estadio Mineirao.

Germany forward Miroslav Klose scored the second goal of the match to become the World Cup's all-time leading goalscorer.

Germany forward Miroslav Klose scored the second goal of the match to become the World Cup’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Germany celebrate Khedira's goal.

Germany celebrate Khedira’s goal.

Brazil captain David Luiz shows his dejection.


Brazil captain David Luiz shows his dejection.

Germany's Andre Schurrle celebrates scoring his first of two goals at the Estadio Mineirao.

Germany’s Andre Schurrle celebrates scoring his first of two goals at the Estadio Mineirao.

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To  paraphrase again the brilliant Toni Kroos’s intial quote ” It’s the best team performance for Germany I’ve been involved in. We started believing from the first minute as we thought that Brazil were a little bit hesitant in their decision-making and we took advantage of that. After we scored the first, the goals kept coming. Had someone had said we’d have won 7-1 I wouldn’t have believed them, but I thought we were outstanding, that’s all I can say. We’re here to become world champions..”   They may never again achieve a 7:1 outcome in a World Cup, but if they play half of this performance, they will surely be world champions..

I am sorry for Brazil and they lost to a better team. A superior team. May be a world beating team , they could be next Spain, who knows, we will wait and see…

But ” Barcelona right-back Dani Alves was only able to watch on from the bench as he was dropped for the second consecutive game in favour of Roma’s Maicon. And he said he had never seen a team collapse like Brazil did for those six minutes midway through the first-half. “It has been one of those nightmares that can happen in football.

“This has never happened to me in a game of football. That a team so well-organised, so complete in every area can lose four goals in six minutes. In my 31 years I have never seen six minutes so without explanation.” Source : http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=7/news=brazil-stars-struggle-to-explain-shock-scoreline-2402196.html

It is true no one has seen such an inexplicable six minutes. Germany deserve every bit of it. They are very worthy team.

But does that change my bet for next match, no way, will go for Argentina in the next semi final match, though Netherlands are as formidable as Germany, we will see..

Politicians change cards, will stick to my contrarian beliefs..:)

My humble journey and understanding reveals there is no shame in losing. If we look at any outcome dispassionately all outcomes are just and go to a superior performance. We feel bad only when we are unjustly denied from winning or are unscrupulously defeated…

We all lose at some time. That does not mean our skills or intelligence has diminished. Nor does it mean that when we win our skills or abilities get enhanced. It only means we made better decisions and performed to our optimum abilities. It give us a great undeniable gift , ” Confidence and experience of winning”..

We can learn from other sports, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova won @ Roland Garros but had to lose @ Wimbeldon,  Novak Djokovic lost @ Roland Garros but won @ Wimbeldon, look at Federer lost Wimbeldon this year by a inch. They are all great champions and they all bounce back. Brazil will bounce back. We must all bounce back.

Its okay to lose , but must not think like a loser, we must all fight back.

May be when the margin of excellance is so tight, winning and losing is a cycle of life, here the margin was very wide, Brazil is a great team , Germany the greater team..

The greater team won on the day. Congragulations Germany , well done Brazil!

Have a lovely day dear firends! Thank you!