Frank Sinatra once said, “The best revenge is massive success.” Germany got their revenge over Brazil for the 2002 World Cup Finals loss by absolutely embarrassing Brazil in the worst loss in Brazil’s World Cup history: 7-1.

Die Mannshaft had their way with Brazil who played an emotional match without Neymar and Captain Thiago Silva. The result was unprecedented when considering Brazil was favorites to win the match, playing in their home country and on a nearly 40 year undefeated streak on their home soil.

All of that came to a crashing halt by the Germans as they scored five goals in a span of eighteen minutes, and then proceeded to pile on thereafter.

Brazil chose to start Bayern Munich’s Dante in place of suspended captain Thiago Silva, which came as no surprise. Curiously, Bernardo was chosen to replace Neymar over Willian and Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari enacted a new formation with Fred at the top.

Germany chose to start a similar lineup that they used against France. It was the best tactical lineup in my opinion, and featured Philip Lahm at right center back, Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the middle and Miroslave Klose and Thomas Mueller up front.

The stadium truly made it feel like it was Germany versus 100,000 people as without Neymar the crowd supported and cheered every move that Brazil made.

They were silenced early however when Thomas Mueller scored off of a beautiful set piece. Toni Kroos took the corner and sent a perfectly placed cross to a wide-open Mueller who was in the center of the box. He directed it easily off his right leg and passed Brazil keeper Julio Cesar for the easy goal.

Ten minutes later, history was made in Belo Horizonte when German striker, Miroslav Klose scored his record breaking 16th World Cup goal. In a twist of fate, he scored the historic goal against Brazil, who’s countryman Ronaldo had previously held the record at 15.

Klose Germany's Miroslav Klose scores his World Cup record breaking 16th goal gainst Brazil Reuters

The flood gates began to open minutes later as Germany scored three more goals in less than five minutes. Toni Kroos scored back to back goals in less than two minutes, a beautiful goal with his left foot followed by another with his right.

Sami Khedira got in on the action in the 29th minute with a wide open goal in the center of the box. It literally looked like Germany could do whatever they wanted against Brazil. They found plenty of space, and were uncontested throughout the match. In contrast, Selecao seemed completely lost and unprepared for the match.

At halftime, Germany led 5-0. Their five goals scored in the first 29 minutes of play are the fastest of all time in the World Cup, Brazil had never allowed more than three goals in the first half, let alone five in their history and Germany became the first team since 1974 to score five goals in a half.

The second half did not get much better for Brazil. Germany continued to find scoring opportunities and a 58th minute substitution for Klose allowed Andre Schuerrle to get in on the action.

The slaughter continued when Schuerrle scored two goals in a span of ten minutes in the 69th and 79th minutes, the latter of which was an amazing goal while on the run from the left hand side of the box. The Schuerrle strike hit the top of the cross bar and landed inside the goal for the seventh (yes you read that right) goal of the match.

Brazil’s Oscar scored late in the 90th minute on a nice move from while moving to his right he buried a shot into the left side of the net.

Fans of Brazil were in tears during and after the match as they watched their home team get utterly annihilated in front of their eyes. A World Cup that they had been waiting over 64 years for started so spectacularly but ended terribly with the loss of Neymar, Silva and the blowout loss to Germany.

David Luiz cries A tearful David Luiz is emotional after the match Reuters

With the win, Germany has advanced to their eighth World Cup final, more than any other team in history. They will await the winner of Argentina and Netherlands tomorrow and will now be heavy favorites to hoist the cup on Sunday in the famed Maracana. Brazil will next face the loser of the Argentina vs. Netherlands match tomorrow on Saturday in Brasilia.

Game Notes:
Germany became the first time to ever score seven goals in a World Cup Semifinal game.  They now have 222 total World Cup goals the most in history. Brazil is now second with 220. The loss was the worst loss in team history for Brazil. They have not allowed seven goals since 1934. The seven goals were the most allowed by a host nation in the history of the World Cup. As mentioned earlier, the loss marks the first time Brazil has lost a competitive match on home soil since 1975.