Wednesday 09 July 2014
Chelsea's Andre Schurrle scored twice as Germany inflicted on Brazil their heaviest defeat to reach the FIFA World Cup final in style.
"Proud to be part of this team"
Schurrle came off the bench in the 58th minute to beat Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar twice, the second a left-foot half-volley from a tight angle, but the match was over by half-time with Joachim Low’s side five goals up after a devastating first period of free-flowing football and ruthless finishing.
Thomas Muller set the ball rolling on 11 minutes when he eluded his markers to give Germany the lead, and four further goals in seven minutes left the hosts stunned.
Miroslav Klose doubled Germany’s advantage on 23 minutes to become the leading scorer in the competition’s history with 16 goals, before Toni Kroos scored twice in quick succession as Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira ran Brazil’s rearguard ragged with incisive movement and rapid interplay. The Arsenal playmaker teed up the Real Madrid midfielder for a strike that put Germany 5-0 up with just 29 minutes on the clock.
As with Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, Schurrle came on as a second-half substitute and scored twice in 11 minutes to pile further misery on the Selecao, who responded late on with a last-minute consolation strike from another Chelsea midfielder, Oscar.
After becoming the first team to concede seven in a knockout match at the world finals Brazil coach Felipe Scolari was left ruing "the worst moment of my football career and the worst day of my football life".
Ozil, meanwhile, tweeted: "What a Match! Estadio do Maracana – great to see you again! Proud to be part of this team :-)."
In Sunday's final Germany will face the winners of tonight’s encounter between Argentina, who hope to have Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero available again after injury, and the Netherlands, for whom Manchester United's Robin van Persie is a doubt with a stomach problem.
BPL players involved
Brazil: Julio Cesar (QPR), Fernandinho (Manchester City; sub: 46min), Oscar (Chelsea). Sub: Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur, 46), Ramires (Chelsea, 46), Willian (Chelsea, 69).
Goal: Oscar, 90
Germany: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). Subs: Per Mertesacker (Arsenal, 46), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea, 58). Sub not used: Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).
Goals: Schurrle (69, 79).
Of the 92 players remaining in the tournament, more than a fifth, 18, hail from Barclays Premier League clubs. Chelsea lead the way with seven players still on international duty, with Arsenal and Manchester City having six each.
Brazil (6): Oscar (Chelsea), Ramires (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Fernandinho (Man City), Julio Cesar (Queens Park Rangers), Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).
Netherlands (5): Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Robin van Persie (Man Utd), Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Michel Vorm (Swansea City), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City).
Germany (4): Per Mertesacker (Arsenal); Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea).
Argentina (3): Sergio Aguero (Man City), Martin Demichelis (Man City), Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
Chelsea (4): Oscar, Ramires, Willian, Schurrle.
Man City (4): Aguero, Demichelis, Zabaleta, Fernandinho.
Arsenal (3): Mertesacker, Ozil, Podolski.
Swansea City (2): Vorm, De Guzman.
Aston Villa (1): Vlaar.
Manchester United (1): Van Persie.
Newcastle United (1): Krul.
Queens Park Rangers (1): Julio Cesar.
Tottenham Hotspur (1): Paulinho.
8 Manchester United
3 Arsenal, Liverpool
2 Manchester City, Swansea City,
1 Crystal Palace, Newcastle United, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur
3 Robin Van Persie (Netherlands & Man Utd), Andre Schurrle (Germany & Chelsea).
2 Luis Suarez (Uruguay & Liverpool), Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast & Swansea City), Oscar (Brazil & Chelsea).
1 Daniel Sturridge (England & Liverpool), Joel Campbell (Costa Rica & Arsenal), Marouane Fellaini (Belgium & Man Utd), Mile Jedinak (Australia & Crystal Palace), Wayne Rooney (England & Man Utd), Olivier Giroud (France & Arsenal), Moussa Sissoko (France & Newcastle Utd), Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria & Stoke), Nani (Portugal & Man Utd), Javier Hernandez (Mexico & Man Utd), Fernandinho (Brazil & Man City), Juan Mata (Spain & Man Utd), Fernando Torres (Spain & Chelsea), Edin Dzeko (Bosnia-Herzegovina & Man City), Jan Vertonghen (Belgium & Tottenham Hotspur), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea).
9pm Netherlands v Argentina