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BELO HORIZONTE---Brazil s coach and stand-
in captain yesterday apologised to their fans for
the team s humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in
the World Cup semi-final, a loss that stunned the
"We wanted to make the people happy ... unfor-
tunately we couldn't," defender and stand-in captain
David Luiz said.
"We apologise to all Brazilians."
Previously, Brazil's biggest World Cup loss was
3-0 to France in the 1998 final. This matched their
biggest ever margin of defeat in any competition,
equalling a 6-0 loss to Uruguay in 1920 in the
South American championship, the predecessor of
the Copa America.
It' was also Brazil's first loss in a competitive
match on home soil since 1975, when Peru won 3-
1 at the very same Mineirao Stadium in the Copa
America. Its last loss at home came in a friendly
with Paraguay in 2002.
"We did what we thought was best," said Brazil
coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
"Please excuse us for this mistake. I'm sorry we
could not get to the final."
Brazil's attack was weakened by the loss of Ney-
mar, who fractured a vertebra after getting kneed
in the back in the quarterfinal win over Colombia.
But it was Brazil's porous defence that was the
biggest problem in the first half as the host also
sorely missed suspended captain Thiago Silva. (AP)
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Brazil fans' World Cup dreams crushed
for 8th JULY, 2014
to stunned nation
Tears in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO---The tears started
flowing before half time, and by the end
of a 7-1 shellacking in the World Cup semi-
final, millions across Brazil were in dazed,
The national team wasn't just defeated
by a powerful German team. It was routed
in front of the entire world, humiliated at
its own party. Young and old, Brazilians
shared in the anguish of what many were
already calling a national calamity, the worst
loss in its team's storied World Cup histo-
ry.A rain of seven goals by the powerful
Germany team devastated the Brazilian soc-
cer faithful who packed onto the golden
sands of Copacabana beach to watch the
With Brazil's star striker Neymar out
injured and captain Thiago Silva suspended
for the match, it quickly became clear the
Brazilians couldn't handle the Germans.
"The problem is psychological," said Brazil
fan Fabio Fontes.
"It would be normal for the team to lose
against Germany, but not in this fashion."
To make matters worse, at the Fan Fest
viewing area on Copacabana beach, hun-
dreds of people stampeded out as a gang
of young men carried out a mass robbery,
running through crowd, inciting panic and
snatching necklaces and bags along the way.
That, coupled with the crushing game,
sent many fans heading home.
With Brazil tossed out of its own World
Cup in such rough fashion, "you are going
to have the most depressed country ever,"
Pablo Ramoz said.
Brazil spent billions of dollars preparing
for the tournament, with expectations that
home advantage could deliver Brazil a sixth
title, but the high cost also ignited intense
anger and protests against the World Cup,
with demonstrators lamenting the costs
when the nation is saddled with woeful
Few thought Germany's stomping of Brazil
would spark renewed mass protests --- but
it is certain to put a severely sour taste back
into the mouths of the nation's fans.
In Sao Paulo, Brazil's biggest city, thou-
sands gathered in the Bohemian neighbour-
hood of Vila Madalena, the streets carpeted
with yellow, green and blue---the colours of
the Brazilian flag.
Fan Samir Kelvin clung to a street pole
and loudly cried: "I have nothing left! I am
Brazilian and humiliated I want to kill
Nearby, a woman cried out "What shame,
what shame!" as a man nearby was banging
his head against a bar table. After Germany
scored an early goal samba groups simply
stopped drumming in apparent shock. More
goals followed and silence overtook bars as
fans stared sadly at TV screens.
A large group of fans gathered at a 600-
unit apartment complex in Rio couldn't
believe what they had witnessed.
Jorge Cardoso, an engineer, blamed the
loss on the injury that sidelined Neymar
and the benching of Silva for accumulating
two yellow cards during the tournament.
He said simply: "It's like someone you
love has died." (AP)
Brazil soccer fans cry as they watch their team concede a goal in the World Cup semifinal against Germany on a live telecast inside the
FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. Brazil eventually lost 7-1. AP PHOTO
A Brazil soccer fan cries as Germany scores against
her team Belo Horizonte, Brazil, yesterday. AP
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