If you watched the World Cup semifinal match between Brazil and Germany, you witnessed a historic meltdown by the Brazilians.
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The German team completely dismantled the home country in the semifinal match, which ended with a final score of 7 to 1. Thomas Muller started the party. On a corner kick, he was left wide open in front of the net. He nudged it through on the volley, straight past Brazil's goalie Julio Cesar. Then the flood gates opened. Veteran Miroslav Klose scored the next goal — the goal that made him the all-time highest scorer at the World Cup. Sami Khedira then got in on the action, followed by two more from Toni Kroos.
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This wasn't supposed to happen. This was supposed to be a good game, a game between two titans in world soccer ... ending in penalty kicks or something climactic.
Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog predicted a game that supremely favored Brazil. "Our official projections even say there’s a 73 percent probability that Brazil will beat Germany Tuesday and advance to the final," FiveThirtyEight's Neil Paine said.
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Deadspin's Eric Morgan wrote: "Germany have done just enough against a few paper tigers. With only four teams remaining, Brazil represent their first worthy challenger."
This is a historic demolition.