Saturday, Sep 20, 2014

FIFA World Cup: Brazil’s first since 1934

A general view of the scoreboard shows the results at the end of the 2014 World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany (Source: Reuters) A general view of the scoreboard shows the results at the end of the 2014 World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany (Source: Reuters)
Reuters | Belo Horizonte | Posted: July 9, 2014 4:56 am | Updated: July 9, 2014 5:06 am

 

Brazil’s 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany on Tuesday broke a host of records, both for the World Cup and for the hosts and five-times champions:

* It equalled Brazil’s worst-ever defeat, a 6-0 thrashing by Uruguay at the 1920 Copa America.

* It was by far their worst loss at the World Cup, easily surpassing the 3-0 reverse to France in the 1998 final.

* It was Brazil’s first home defeat in a competitive match since they lost 3-1 to Peru in the Copa America in 1975, also in Belo Horizonte. (Also Read: Loew feels sorry for Scolari)

* It was Brazil’s first home defeat in any match since they were beaten 1-0 by Paraguay in 2002.

* Brazil joined Zaire and Haiti as the only team to go into the halftime break losing by five or more goals at halftime.

* The only previous time Brazil conceded seven goals or more in a match was an 8-4 friendly loss to Yugoslavia in 1934. (Analysis: German blend a toast of the Cup)

* Miroslav Klose’s second goal for Germany made him the World Cup’s all-time record scorer with 16 goals, eclipsing former Brazil striker Ronaldo. Ronaldo was in the stadium, commentating for Globo television.

* Brazil’s previous heaviest defeat to Germany was 2-0 in a 1986 friendly.

* Germany became the first team to score seven goals in a World Cup semi-final.

* The last team to score six or more goals in a World Cup semi-final were West Germany when they beat Austria 6-1 in 1954. Argentina and Uruguay both won 6-1 in the 1930 semi-finals.

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