Germany inflicted the heaviest defeat on a Brazilian team in 94 years, scoring seven great goals against a team that were truly shambolic. Here are seven reasons as to why the Germans won.
This German side had plenty of skill throughout the whole team. Kroos, Lahm, Mueller and Neuer to name only a few. Brazil were missing their main playmaker Neymar, and their other skillful players, such as Oscar, failed to turn up.
Germany played as a team whereas Brazil played as a group of individuals, plain and simple. Half of the starting line-up were from Bayern Munich and this aided their cause. They all knew how one another plays in certain situations. It is the opposite with the Brazilians as the majority of their players are scattered between Europe and their homeland.
Therefore, the Germans will have spent more time playing together as a group when compared to the Brazilians. This is a small factor, but clearly made a difference, as the Germans looked far more comfortable with their teammates and were aware of one another’s positioning during the game.
Of course both teams wanted to win when the game started, however, Brazil had tonnes of expectation and hope piled on them to make things more difficult. The Germans were able to play to their style with complete freedom, whereas Brazil were seemly restricted by the pressure on them.
Everyone in Brazil were saying that it was the host’s ‘destiny’ to win the World Cup. However, football isn’t about destiny; it’s about performing on the day and dealing with the pressure. Brazil did neither.
Joachim Löw won the battle of the managers against Luiz Felipe Scolari. The Germans had a clear structure about the way they played and went about their job throughout the match. Brazil were a complete shambles in terms of formation and tactics from the 11th minute until the 92nd.
5.Leadership Of Captain
Philipp Lahm did what he always does, and played very well from the start. Leading by example like any captain should do, he was assured in possession throughout. David Luiz’s display as captain was one of the worst seen at this year’s World Cup. He jumped into tackles, missed tackles and was at fault for many of the German goals. Captains are supposed to lead by example and David Luiz did not.
Germany’s shooting stats were as follows: 14 shots, 12 on target, 7 goals.
Klose became the highest World Cup goalscorer in its history scoring his 16th goal, while Mueller scored one and the substitute striker Schurrle scored a brace. Brazil had Fred, enough said.
For the first eleven minutes of the game, Brazil looked up for the enormous task they were faced with, with players like Bernard and Hulk pressurizing the Germans in their final third.
The Germans didn’t buckle under the pressure however; they defended well and rode out the opening 10 minutes with a certain degree of ease. Once they scored the first goal everything changed dramatically.
Brazil’s defense and what little structure they had seemed to crumble once the ball hit the back of the net. With the likes of Luiz, the captain, displaying the frustration that the entire team and crowd felt. Germany, being Germany, didn’t panic and went about their job with ruthless efficiency and control. What else would one expect from a German side?
Argentina and the Netherlands go head-to-head in Wednesday’s semi-final with a place on the biggest stage of them all up for grabs.
The Dutch will want to progress so they can beat their fiercest rivals in front of the world, while the Argentinians have the extra motivation of a chance to win the World Cup in their fiercest rival’s backyard. It should make for an epic conclusion.
Jack McCann, Pundit Arena.