Tears flowed like water in the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte as the final scoreline was 7-1.
Images from the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte and from telecasts across the country known as the spiritual home of football, show Brazil fans weeping and screaming in apparent disbelief. Others merely stare on in shock as Muller, Klose, Kroos, Kedira and Schurrle scored.
Fans who had gathered at the golden sands of Copacabana beach groaned and then eerie quiet from nearly the entire Fan Fest — except for a small contingent of about a dozen German supporters, who burst into excited cheers.
Brazil has spent billions of dollars preparing for the tournament, with expectations that home advantage could deliver Brazil a sixth title.
But with star striker Neymar out injured and captain Thiago Silva suspended for the semifinals, Brazilians were wary they could handle the Germans.
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