Germany silenced their doubters by hammering Brazil 7-1 at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte to in the World Cup and reach their first final since 2002.
Die Nationalmannschaft humiliated the Selecao as Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle both netted twice alongside goals for Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose and Sami Khedira, while Oscar netted a late consolation for the hosts.
Luiz Felipe Scolari made three changes to the side that beat Colombia in the quarter-finals, Luis Gustavo returning from suspension at the expense of Paulinho while Dante replaced the suspended Thiago Silva in the heart of the defence.
Neymar’s much publicised injury meant Bernard started on right with Hulk moving left and David Luiz was given the captain’s armband. Meanwhile, Joachim Low retained the same side that beat France 1-0 five days ago.
The hosts started well putting pressure on the German midfield and leading in possession, but Germany took the lead through Muller on 11 minutes finding himself unmarked in the box to tap home a corner.
It was all downhill for Brazil from there as they looked completely clueless and disorganised, Klose initially bringing a low save from Brazilian custodian Julio Cesar but quickly latched on to the rebound to double the lead.
Moments later Germany scored again, regaining possession from kick-off, before Kroos found an largely unguarded goal to roll the ball into.
The capitulation continued Kroos adding his second to score the fourth and Khedira swiftly joined the party as he gave his side an insurmountable five goal lead inside the opening 30 minutes.
The hosts began the second half accelerating to get an early goal, but failed with the Germans standing firm, although Manuel Neuer made three important saves in succession to ensure they remained five goals ahead.
Eventually Germany added another as Schurrle tapped in a Muller pass with twenty minutes remaining and the Selecao having no answers to the German attack.
Schurrle then added his second and Germany’s seventh on the night when he his powerful shot beat Julio Cesar at his near post. Brazil tried a couple of long range shots with Marcelo shooting wide and Ramires failing to test the German goalkeeper.
Germany continued to rack up their passes incisively in the closing stages of the game, Ozil having a chance to add an eighth but dragged his effort wide. Seconds later Brazil broke and Oscar finally beat Neuer for a Brazilian consolation.
The final whistle was met with a lot of disappointment with the Brazilian supporters voicing their displeasure as the team suffered their heaviest defeat in World Cup history.
Germany will now face the winners of Argentina and Netherlands at the Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.