Brazil vs. Germany: Your Running Commentary

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With Thiago Silva out for Brazil, David Luiz will captain Brazil in the World Cup semifinal against Germany (4 p.m. ESPN). That is not the biggest change for the five-time champions, however.

The host nation will be without Neymar, after the 22-year-old forward was knocked out of the host nation’s victory over Colombia with a fractured vertebrae. To this point in the tournament, Neymar has been in contention for the Golden Boot with four goals, trailing only Colombia’s James Rodriguez.

After narrowly escaping against Algeria, Germany had to hold on for dear life to beat France. Mats Hummels scored the lone goal for Germany 13 minutes into the match. Thanks to a big performance from Manuel Neuer, the Germans were able to hold on and keep their dream of a fourth World Cup triumph alive. Thomas Muller remains in contention for the Golden Boot, sitting level with Neymar and Lionel Messi with four goals.

If you will be watching today’s matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.

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207 Responses to Brazil vs. Germany: Your Running Commentary

  1. Raymon says:

    Geiger is reffing! SBI, how about a piece on the American ref in 2014 WC. He is the first American to officiate a WC semifinal! Another good sign of progress.

    • Pace says:

      I mean, he’s the 4th official…

      • Raymon says:

        Yes, he is a ref. Not the center, but the 4th. He ran a couple of group games. This may be the highest level game officiated by an American. He is no Howard Webb, but he is still representing US Soccer and CONCACAF. So he will be the one Scolari and Low yell at for various frustrating calls. And he’ll be holding up the sub and extra time signs. Sign glory

        • Mason says:

          Given the politics (Webb for ARG? hahaha…no.) and confed issues for the remaining four, Geiger has an outside chance at one of the last two games.

          • MidWest Ref says:

            Geiger has no chance at the final.

            • Mason says:

              He might if it is GER-ARG. Do you read the “The 3rd Team” blog? The editorial take over there is that Geiger wrecked his chance with FRA – NGA due to a missed penalty and missed SFP, but they do concede that he was generally in charge in every one of his matches – which is more than you can say about some of these centers. The op-eds in the comments are a bit more bullish on his chances d/t politics and confederation neutrality ruling out people who might be considered before him.

              Like I said: Outside chance, but yeah… probably not. Especially if it’s an all UEFA final.

              • MidWest Ref says:

                I did not know about that blog. My comment was a quick one – kind of like, the chandes of Geiger geting the final are the same as Qatar hosting the WC finals . . whoops.

                They also kept a Brazillian ref. Maybe he gets the final?

              • Mason says:

                Who knows what FIFA will do? They also kept Nishamura around during the latest round of ref cuts. Maybe they want to give him the opener and the final? (sarc)

  2. chris says:

    Ozil is so soft

  3. Rowsdower says:

    Well this is interesting

  4. blokhin says:

    OMG… this is heart-breaking to watch…3-0-I’m rooting for an Liverpool-AC Milan style comeback

  5. chris says:

    hahahahaha I have no idea how anybody thought this Brazil team would win

  6. blokhin says:

    CALL TIMEOUT!

  7. Rowsdower says:

    This is insane

  8. mikeg says:

    I continue my attempts at brainwashing. Germany with numbers in the box and the ball has resulted in some goals for Germany. They play compact too. Relentless pursuit of the penalty area with compact numbers. Compact in defense. Germany is doing something right. I know what I talk about. Hopefully MLS and USMNT take a note about playing compact and relentless pursuit of the penalty area.

    • mikeg says:

      Brazil, to be fair, relentlessly pursue the penalty area too. It’s not a wonder the semi-final teams got where they are now.

    • Kosh says:

      I’ll give you the AND part but playing compact is something we did this cup…heck from the score it looks like we did it much better than Brazil.

      It’s easy to slam the US because we didn’t play as sexy as everyone esle did but we only lost to this Germany team 1-0 in a game you know the Gremans wanted to beat us in badly.

      Do we have work to do? Yes, no doubt. But we deserev some credit too.

      • mikeg says:

        We had to play collectively a defensive effort with a counter attack with the personnel and tactical choices Klinnsman made. All credit goes to the coaches and players for achieving what they did. Not taking anything away, but now we need to manufacture a new team with an effort to play compact relentless pursuit of the penalty area also. Going forward there should be no excuses just a new approach to the game in MLS and the USMNT.

  9. JayAre says:

    This one man team is getting exposed. They aren’t getting away with what they got away with against Chile

  10. Brian S. says:

    Is Neymar really that good that he was able to hide all of these Brazilian inefficiencies? This is absolutely incredible.

  11. shawn says:

    Lmao

  12. blokhin says:

    wow….a ca wreck of a performance… Scolari should resign at half-time…

  13. argh says:

    END THIS GAME come on this is just sad

    test these Germans. don’t they have compassion?

  14. JayAre says:

    This has to be match fixing. Brazil has been paid a kings ransom

  15. TomM says:

    There will be riots.

  16. KingGoogleyEye says:

    I’ll just remind everyone that the USMNT lost to Germany 1-0. That’s it. Just 1-0.

    • Jack says:

      Didn’t a bunch of people say we played too defensive? Yeah, open it up and Portugal would have been going through.

    • Brian S. says:

      Also, Mexico only drew Brazil 0-0. They should be ashamed.

    • GONATS says:

      In fairness, Germany did not need to win the game against the U.S. and the game was played on a water logged pitch. Ghana did better against Germany that we did. Brazil is also missing one or two guys.

      • KingGoogleyEye says:

        If USA had won and either Ghana or Portugal had won, then it’d be down to goal differential to get Germany through. Even then, they’d go out second place. You better believe they wanted to secure the win as early as possible. They had to wait until the 55th minute and never got the second goal.

      • Kosh says:

        Oh yeah and we had a full team. So what Ghana did better. The OP was about us and Germany. We were not sexy good, I’ll give you that but we were also not this bad. Credit where it’s due, is all.

        • quozzel says:

          Jozy Altidore sez: “What’s this full team shi-ite you’re spouting?”

          • KingGoogleyEye says:

            I think “Oh yeah and we had a full team” was sarcastic. As in, Brazil was missing an important striker and so was the USA.

      • Jack says:

        Germany also didn’t need to run up the score and embarrass the host nation. However it looks like they didn’t have to much trouble doing so.

        • KingGoogleyEye says:

          Different philosophy. Embarrassing is letting up or going easy on professional adults so you don’t hurt their feelings. No, you show respect by giving them as good as you’ve got.

          Plus, there are fans who paid to see two teams play their best. Better to give them half of that than none.

          • beachbum says:

            +1

          • Kosh says:

            +1

            Which explains Brazil’s only goal because Schwienstiger was ripping Ozil a new one for his lazy miss for no. 8. This is the kind of mentality we need to develop at all levels.

        • Hincha Tim says:

          You obviously have never played sports at a level other than rec. At this level you NEVER let your foot off the throat of an opponent. Germany lost a 4-0 lead against SWEDEN last year. If Brazil had scored early in the second half who knows?

    • JayAre says:

      Our group was truly the group of death. We might lose but no one will give it to us up the a$$ like this

  17. Luke says:

    Wow Brazil may have to escape out of the hole in the jacuzzi at halftime. This time their will be no “but we can win this” to stop the escapes. ;)

  18. Jack says:

    Sweden came back from 4-0 in a WCQ against Germany….so you never know?

  19. slowleftarm says:

    I thought Germany would win but certainly did not see this coming!

  20. Pikachu Wennnington says:

    Get Mueller out of this mess before he gets hurt. Klinsi can come on… prob score a hat trick

  21. Rowsdower says:

    Steve McManaman is cracking me up.. flabbergasted he is

  22. KingGoogleyEye says:

    If Neuer doesn’t get a goal….

  23. Dawwilly says:

    Chile and Colombia didn’t close the deal because of injuries. Vidal had surgery on his meniscus in May and couldn’t go the full 90. Colombia had no Falcao. Fix those problems and Brazil wouldn’t be this far. The Confederations Cup was a joke because the teams that were there were not of the same class as this year. Actually Spain revealed its eventual collapse. Mexico was in a tailspin. Had the U.S. brought the right team we might have been playing against Argentina last week. Germany also throttled down against the U.S.

    • MidWest Ref says:

      I believe that no team who won the Confed Cup has gone on to win the World Cup the following year

    • Jack says:

      Comparing what this means to the US is kind of pointless. However we play as a unit, track runners, cut out passing lanes and Brazil seemed unwilling to do as much.

  24. Raymon says:

    Songs will be written about this day, chants will forever haunt Selecao. Holy toledo, how embarrassing to get schooled at home!

    • Diego's Maradoughnuts says:

      +1 If it was possible to play “Taps” on a slide whistle, that would pretty much describe the first half.

  25. shawn says:

    USA>Brazil

  26. blokhin says:

    Germany is plaing 11 on 6- Bernard and Fred are complete no-shows, so are CBs and whoever sits in front of them wh is sposed to close down trailing attackers 15 yards from goal

  27. Dave says:

    I want Macca to have a couple of pints at half time.
    It’ll be the best broadcast ever

    • Diego's Maradoughnuts says:

      +1 Somebody needs to throw a cat on the pitch.

      • MidWest Ref says:

        Steve Bartman will kick the ball away on the touchline thinking it was out of bounds, and Mexican Dracula will forget to stop play allowing Brazil to score the first of 6 second half goals.

        • Anthony says:

          Leave Steve Bartman alone. That loss was not his fault. The cubs gave up additional runs. Also, a lot of the people pointing him out were also trying to get the ball.

  28. Ali Dia says:

    Man. Zero leadership in this Brazil side. We might not be elite, but I’m thankful this *never* happens to us.

    • Ian says:

      That 1-0 vs. Germany is looking downright respectable.

    • kevin says:

      Ummm… 4-2 against a terrible Mexico that almost didn’t qualify to this world cup

      • MidWest Ref says:

        Are you thinking of the Gold Cup final won by a much different Mexico squad?

        • kevin says:

          I Think they had Ochoa messing and some other staters due testing positive, so may they don’t get scored on?

        • Mason says:

          That was three years ago and by my count there were 8 US players in common. Not a single defender on that team played on the 2014 US WCF team.

          Wondo, Dempsey, Jozy, Bedoya, JJ, MB, Rimando, Howard.

        • Sharkbait says:

          Yeah a vastly different Mexico squad against a vastly different US squad 3 years ago.

        • Paul Terry says:

          Gold Cup 2009

          Mexico 5-0 USMNT

          • Ali Dia says:

            That was no fun. Agree there. But it was nowhere near a full-strength team, with only 4 players staying on after the successful Confed Cup run. And it was scoreless at halftime, so it wasn’t quite the wire-to-wire abuse Brazilians had to endure today

      • Jack says:

        4-2 isn’t great but pretty different from 5-0 at the half.

        • MidWest Ref says:

          particularly when we were up 2-0 early on. Remember that was the game where our defense collapsed when the great Steve Cherundolo pulled a hammy (or twanged his knee) and had to come out. He was replaced by Jonathon Borenstein and it disrupted our entire back line who imploded in the remaining 60 minutes.

    • MidWest Ref says:

      I think perhaps Ali was thinking of a 1990 WC game where the US was trounced by Czechslovakia

      • Ali Dia says:

        Good memory MW Ref. Although it wasn’t quite so painful as the scoreline read. After Caligiuri pulled us back to 3-1, we did enjoy a decent stretch.

        But no sarcasm intended in the original remark. Being a USMNT fan offers suffering aplenty, but we have largely been spared the humiliation of a total meltdown/blowout.

        • MidWest Ref says:

          I originally thought Germany beat us terribly, but looked it up and saw that Germany only beat of 2-0 in France 98.

          Other bad losses: Poland 3rd game 2002 and Czech Republic 1st game 2006

          • MidWest Ref says:

            sorry – meant to say “beat us”.

            How did that not get moderated?

          • Ali Dia says:

            The Cze loss in 2006 was among the hardest to watch. We never really had a sniff. A real comedown after 2002.

            • MidWest Ref says:

              You are right. We were never in that game, and the older Czech players could not find the stamina to repeat the performance in their remaining games against Ghana and Italy. Ah well, lets remember McBride getting elbowed, and a disallowed goal by Run DMB in the tie against Italy.

              • Ali Dia says:

                Ooohh…. just had a bad gag reflex on that Beaz non-goal. Had almost repressed it all the way.

  29. shawn says:

    Those Brazil fans crying are hilarious

  30. crosebud says:

    Things might get ugly quick if/when the angry fans join up with the protests already in progress….

  31. Matt says:

    Now we get to watch them lose the third place match this weekend

  32. JayAre says:

    Sami Khedira scored!!! Read that again Sami Khedira scored!!!! How much do they pay the Brazilian CB’s? I’m tired of seeing US players get low balled. Give Besler and Gonzales the bank!!!

  33. pk-tackle says:

    Brazil was never really convincing, they barely made it with Chile in penalty kicks. But Brazil losing a semi-final at half time 0-5 is just shocking.

    Argentina will really need to step it up, other wise it’s Germany v Netherlands at the final.

  34. KungFuSoccer says:

    Can Brazil change the difficulty setting at half time?

  35. Roberto says:

    This is not normal and I cant believe Im feeling sorry for Brazilians. I think the pressure they put on these kids is just too much!!! I dont think anyone can deal with this kind of pressure from a country, politicians , fans , riots etc. It’s not entirely their fault no matter how bad this team is compared to other Brazil NTs. Germany is playing with all that

    • JayAre says:

      Who’s fault is it if you lose 7-1. That’s not even a coaching thing that’s one the players on that field

  36. JayAre says:

    Why am I enjoying all these Brazilian tears link to i.minus.com

    • crosebud says:

      I believe it’s called Schadenfreude.

    • foooo says:

      That’s what happens when you grow up thinking it’s your god-given right to win the world cup. Brazil needed some humble pie.

      • pk-tackle says:

        Long gone is the golden generation of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Cafu, Romario…

  37. JayAre says:

    Leaving Lucas off the roster doesn’t seem like the smartest idea anymore

  38. blokhin says:

    Bernard is the Brazilian Bedoya and Fred is Wondolowski-NOT compliments

  39. blokhin says:

    Neuer may best Howard’s save mark

  40. kevin says:

    Any one worried that mls will be blame for Julio Cesar poor form today?

    • blokhin says:

      who cares? does Dante play for Chivas USA and Luiz for DC United?

    • Jack says:

      Some will I’m sure, but there wasn’t much he could do. Germany were just passing circles around Brazil.

    • Jay says:

      No he won’t be blamed. Can’t stop much when the guys in front of you are playing like keystone cops. But Fred, Hulk, the whole dam midfield should leave Brazil for awhile they have played awful.

  41. blokhin says:

    how atrocious is Bernard? his first touch and crossing ability is US college player circa 1990

  42. Jack says:

    Brazilian defenders honestly just standing around.

    • Citronomics says:

      Those passing lanes are huge. Uncontested balls being sprayed from the just beneath the midfield/center stripe to Brazil’s defensive third.

  43. JayAre says:

    Who remember when Germany beat Saudi Arabia 8-0 in the 2002 WC?

    • blokhin says:

      I do-my question was who the F is this Klose guy who just kept scoring?

      • pk-tackle says:

        The same guy that now beat Brazil’s Ronaldo for all time WC scoring.

        • blokhin says:

          thanks for answering my question from 12 years ago-I was wondering what happened to that guy

    • Diego's Maradoughnuts says:

      Still remember being angry hearing people suggest that Asia deserved more slots (at our expense) because of S.Korea’s [totally legit] semi-final run, as though we needed more comedy sides like Saudi Arabia in the tournament.

  44. blokhin says:

    will any German-made product be bought in Brazil ever again?

  45. scott1 says:

    Unfortunately I’m not watching the game…But I wonder, beyond missing Thiago Silva and what sounds like a defensive breakdown by Brazil, how much of this blowout could be attributed to Germany having stepped up their game?

  46. JayAre says:

    This is the system that Klinsmann set up in Germany that’s producing all these players and Americans are complaining about his decision making???? He may not be a club type coach but he’s exactly what the national team needs

    • blokhin says:

      stop giving Klinsmann phantom credit 8 years later-Lowis the coach and most of theseplayers have been brought in wella fter JK was run out of Bayern with his players and fans wishing him good riddance…

      or are you going to also give Arena and Bradley credit for putting in the defense-first, bunker and counter system that US deployed at this World Cup to escape te group of Death?

      • Jack says:

        He not talking about how the team plays right now, more in the big picture of turning a program around for generations. It’s hard to know how much Klinsmann had to do with that, but unless we have any better ideas, lets see what he can do.

      • Citronomics says:

        Wait, didn’t we deploy an attacking 4-4-2 triangle? :-)

      • Casey says:

        Lol give it a rest

      • JayAre says:

        Ussoccer needs to set up an office in Germany and go thru all the servicemen record. we can actually steal talent from the worlds best team

        • Jack says:

          Didn’t 3 German-Americans just score in this world cup for us?

        • slowleftarm says:

          Wrong. US Soccer needs to set up a youth development system that produces players here in the US that are as good as the one we just saw out there tonight for Germany.

      • Paul says:

        Actually Klinsman is responsible for changing the way that players are developed in Germany for the national team. He was responsible for that. It was his philosophy. It is widely accepted and he was wanted back by the national team. Now Bayern Muchen is a different story. He clashed with management.

    • clickclackmoo says:

      Agreed. Germany invested massive amounts of money to overhaul its youth development structure after a poor showing in Euro 2000. Muller, Ozil, Reus, Goetze, etc. are among the first products of that revamped development system. I’m sure Klinsmann will do his best to try to replicate that same formula with the U.S.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      honest question: do you have a source for that?

      i remember klinsmann instituting new fitness requirements and trying to move germany toward a more attacking scheme, but the major system overhaul i’m thinking of started in 1999/2000, before klinsmann.

    • ann says:

      +1. Klinsmann not only changed the style of play of the German NT after taking over as head coach in 2004 but also had a determining influence on the youth academies and the professional teams. The following article sums it up perfectly: link to latimes.com .

  47. argh says:

    7-0

    Is this the Reign of Germany?

    Reign of ESPANA ended 4 weeks ago

  48. blokhin says:

    7-0, a scoreline American football fans can relate to

  49. NJ Guy No Longer Stuck in DC says:

    Low needs to institute some U-11 rules in a rout. No shooting outside of the 6. Schurrle already blew up the “only shoot with your off foot.”

  50. JayAre says:

    This is what happens when you lose your main attacker and main defender. Brazil has never been the same since they started this organized soccer b.s they need to bring back the flair. Stick to what you’re good at.

    • MidWest Ref says:

      I am surprised at the apparent lack of depth on the Brazillian team. If the US lost its/our best forward and best defender, I could see this type of collapse. But this is just amazing to me.

      Is Neymar really that good folks, that his absence leads to this collapse?

      • Mason says:

        The US did lose our best forward (JA) in the first match and the best defender (FJ) in the last one. Besler also had to be replaced in the first match, and Brooks was more than adequate.

        This result is shocking.

    • Jack says:

      That was organized soccer?

  51. recovered amishman says:

    Klinsmann starting to look like a cheenius.

  52. BDWG says:

    Wow…what a bloodbath. This is German football at it’s finest.

  53. Mason says:

    There goes the clean sheet.

    If only Germany knew how to kill off a game properly…

  54. JayAre says:

    link to youtube.com

    ‘Schadenfreude’

  55. scott1 says:

    I love this world.

    From the NY Times,

    “Brazil, playing without its star Neymar, who broke a vertebra in the quarterfinal, looked…”

    I will never saw the media write this,

    “Italy, playing it first international match since Chiellini lost some of his shoulder skin, …”

  56. blokhin says:

    most shocking WC moments:

    1) Brazil-Germany 7-1
    2) Suarez bite
    3) Netherlands-Spain 5-2
    4) Costa Rica-Uruguay 3-1

    • Jack says:

      Some show in England does a 50 most shocking moments after the World Cup, I can’t wait for this years

      • blokhin says:

        I hould have added-”at the time they happened” and “that I saw live”.. I missed seemingly all the wonder golas because of travel and work and hindsight always being 20-20 CR proved to be better, Spain much worse and Brazil… WTF?!?!? forget the Maracano, this will be a DestruiSelecao

    • Nick4235 says:

      Netherlands 5-1 Spain
      :)

    • JakeTheSnake says:

      I would just add Costa Rica’s group stage as a whole…beating Italy, Uruguay, and drawing England.

  57. Paul Terry says:

    This game today reminded me the 2009 Gold Cup Final on US soil when Mexico trashed USMNT 5-0 with goals by five different players.

  58. ASP says:

    I didn’t see a lot of kneeling tonight , nor any fingers to the sky… was GOD removed from the equation?

  59. karjne scott says:

    I just cannot believe that Germany put Brazil to shame this is so embarrassing. In my opinion I think the coach should have change the goal keeper in the first half. Germany went to Brazil and beat them like a drum, very sorry for Brazil

    • KingGoogleyEye says:

      Change the goalkeeper to whom? Sadly, Julio Cesar is the best Brazil has.

    • beachbum says:

      what responsibility did the GK have with ANY of those goals? none I could see

    • Paul says:

      This was not the goalkeeper’s fault. This was the defense in front him. No one was challenging and they were giving Germany a ton of space on the ball. It’s like they gave up.

      • beachbum says:

        +1, and to some degree the pathetic offense which seemed to only be able to give the ball to Germany time and again in the middle of the field

  60. beachbum says:

    Germany high lined their D, without Neymar there was NO ONE to challenge in behind the German back four, Germany kept squeezing the midfield more and more, turning Brazil over and over as the Brazilians went solo attack after solo attack right into the heart of the D

    no ideas from Brazil looked like, and then they quit playing from the shock of goal #2, #3, etc.

    Germany defended as a team and this Brazil has no idea what that means. and when you look at the galaxy of stars on the German team, it’s a big credit to them and their coaches for gelling like that as one collective.

  61. Ivan says:

    At least they didn’t lose to Cameroon!
    At least they will finally forget about 1950, 2014 will be a nightmare for at least half a century!
    At least Fred finally had a good game!
    At least Toronto FC player will win the World Cup!
    At least PSG paid good money for David Luis!
    Garbage! Humiliation for the ages! The fraud was exposed!
    The World is laughing at you! No mercy!

  62. Neymar says:

    Brazil 1-7 Germany

    This match is obviously fixed. Even a nitwit can tell by their body language. They remain cool and calm in spite of trailing 5 goals behind. They don’t mark. They don’t go grab for the ball especially at the 6th goal. They stand and stare especially Marcelo (look at what he is doing).

    The suspended, injured players are all part of their staged drama of giving them excuse of loosing 7 goals.

    Brazil = TRAITOR

    Match is fixed. Those who think otherwise either don’t watch football much or are simply delusional. :)

  63. Joe says:

    This is obviously match fixing. You can definitely see some of Brazil’s defenders just standing there doing nothing and just watching. Some of Brazil’s players are being paid bribes while the rest of the players are coping the loss and furious. Three goals in nearly three minutes. What a shame.

  64. Neymar says:

    Hit the nail on the head. Obvious match fixing is obvious :)

    Definitely will riot. But I doubt that they will have the strength to riot after seeing such score. This is beyond grievances.

  65. vin says:

    its 100 percent match fixing. brasil did not attempt any action in return for the continues goals in 30 minutes and ceasar was world class goal keeper did nt playlike that, its pre fixed.