WORLD CUP 2014 REVIEW

2014 World Cup semi-finals summary

The 2014 World Cup semi-finals produced countless records. Germany's Miroslav Klose became the competition's all-time top goalscorer and Brazil suffered the heaviest defeat as a host nation in a semi-final that became the highest scoring ever in finals' history.

Meanwhile, Argentina and the Netherlands played out the first ever goalless affair. Tony Cirello rounds up the action.

Brazil 1-7 Germany

The outcome of this game was one that absolutely no-one could have predicted as Brazil were well and truly demolished by unrelenting German efficiency. The first 25 minutes were as surreal as could be imagined with Brazil trailing 5-0 having conceded four goals in six minutes. 

The hosts found themselves scythed open time after time with such consummate ease by the Germans. With Neymar and Thiago Silva absent, the Selecao just seemed to capitulate and when holding midfielders Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos got on the scoresheet, it was clear all was not right in defence. The word ‘disaster’ doesn’t begin to cut it for Brazil.

July 08 - 21:00 Brazil 1-7 Germany (Belo Horizonte)

Scorers: Muller 11 (G), Klose 23 (G), Kroos 24, 26 (G), Khedira 29 (G), Schurrle 69, 79 (G), Oscar 91 (B)

Brazil: Julio Cesar; Maicon, David Luiz, Dante, Marcelo; Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho (Paulinho 46); Bernard, Oscar, Hulk (Ramires 46); Fred

Germany: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Hummels (Mertesacker 46), Howedes; Kroos, Khedira (Draxler 76), Schweinsteiger; Ozil, Muller, Klose (Schurrle 58)

Ref: Rodriguez (MEX)

Netherlands 0-0 Argentina (aet, 2-4 on pens)

Contrary to the goalfest of the night before, Netherlands-Argentina was more of an attritional, tactical affair. Argentina controlled possession well whilst Netherlands kept a solid line of six at the back, making it very difficult for Messi and Co to carve out any gilt edged chances.

When Argentina lost the ball they recovered with great haste in order to ensure that Arjen Robben could be kept quiet.  Rodrigo Palacio had the best chance in extra time as he headed against the goalkeeper whilst through one-on-one, but otherwise it wasn’t surprising when the game went to penalties. There was no Tim Krul this time and Jasper Cillessen prolonged his record of never saving a penalty as Argentina emerged victorious.

July 09 - 21:00 Netherlands 0-0 Argentina aet, 2-4 on pens (Sao Paulo)

Penalties: Vlaar (saved, N), Messi (goal, A), Robben (goal, N), Garay (goal, A), Sneijder (saved, N), Aguero (goal, A), Kuyt (goal, N), Maxi Rodriguez (goal, A).

Netherlands: Cillessen; De Vrij, Vlaar, Martins Indi (Janmaat 46); Kuyt, De Jong (Clasie 62), Wijnaldum, Blind; Sneijder; Van Persie (Huntelaar 96), Robben

Argentina: Romero; Zabaleta, Garay, Demichelis, Rojo; Perez (Palacio 81), Mascherano, Biglia; Messi; Lavezzi (M Rodriguez 101), Higuain (Aguero 82)

Ref: Cakir (TUR)