Klose to the End

Klose sets record that compounds Brazil's defeat

Muller congratulates Klose, the top World Cup goal-scorer of all time and one hell of a class act (Natacha Pisarenko)

Wow.

When I posted “Battle for the Cup” yesterday and wished for a South American World Cup final between Brazil and Argentina, I thought there was at least a chance that the host nation could defeat Germany, one of the most powerful teams in soccer. Even without offensive star Neymar and defensive juggernaut Silva, Brazil still possessed enough talent to give the Germans a run for their money, right?

Wrong.

For the first ten minutes or so, Brazil seemed capable of changing the odds stacked against them, as everyone had Germany winning the match. They passed effectively, pressured the German defenders and even had a few chances for goals.

Those chances disappeared when Thomas Mueller scored in the 11th minute. And within six minutes, the Germans piled on four more goals, slicing through the Brazilian defense as if they weren’t there and embarrassing goalkeeper Julio Cesar. Of course, this was only the beginning.

By halftime, the Germans held a 5-0 lead over the local heroes—and things didn’t get much better in the second half.

When the dust finally settled—and after Brazil was fortunate enough to put one ball in the back of the net—the score was 7-1 and it was all over for the Brazilians. They now face the loser of today’s match between Argentina and the Netherlands in the battle for third place.

Of course, a horrible showing from Brazil—their first loss in a competitive home game since 1975 and the worst loss in team history—cannot overshadow an amazing performance by the German squad. They essentially put on a clinic against Brazil, one that even had Brazilian fans cheering by game’s end.

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Brazilian fans were disappointed… and pissed (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Seven goals were scored by Germany, the most amazing of which was a strike in the 79th minute by forward Andre Schurrle. Within two steps of collecting a pass in the box, he hammered a top shelf shot over Julio Cesar, off the crossbar and into the net—effectively hammering the final nail into Brazil’s coffin.

Most amazing of all, though, was the goal scored by Miroslav Klose, his 16th in World Cup competition and the most by any single player in the history of the tournament. This added insult to injury for Brazil, who watched their famed goal-scorer Ronaldo fall to second place on the all-time World Cup scoring list. Klose’s goal also contributed to the Germans’ World Cup total of 223, the most goals by one nation in tournament history—Brazil stands in second place with 220.

Yes, the match between Germany and Brazil broke all sorts of records, but it also broke something else: the hearts of Brazilian fans everywhere. I truly feel for them after such a humiliating loss—and I hope Argentina doesn’t perform in kind when they face the Dutch later today.

After all, it would be nice to have at least one South American team in the final match—and better still if they take home the trophy.

Time for some Messi magic, I hope! Viva Argentina!

Posted on July 9, 2014, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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