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The Samba dancers’ legs were cut off followed by their arms and eventually beheaded by the German machine. The stadium was all tears and shock by minute 30.

Martin Rose

BRAZIL 1-7 GERMANY

It was one of those bad days in football for the Brazilian team; Neymar and Silva who were probably the best Brazilians this tournament could not take part in the match against Germany. The Europeans translated a corner kick to a goal by Mueller in a World class fashion. All the Germans in the box attracted the Brazilian defense to the near post leaving Mueller on his own to tap the ball in the net. Scolari and his boys with all the confidence in the world rushed to score the tie goal and turn the match as soon as possible; this is when things went really south. Klose and Kroos scored capitalizing on mistakes made by the rushing Brazilians. Klose added insult to injury with his goal leaving Ronaldo behind him as World Cup's history best goal scorer with 16 goals. Now it was time Brazil switched things up and tried to calm the match but the backline and defensive midfielders were not able to hold on to the ball for possession and continued to make mistakes resulting in two more goals signed by Kroos and Khedira. Half an hour into the match and it was over. Lowe introduced Schulle in the second half in place of Klose to score two more goals before Oscar scored the honor Brazilian goal.

I read no news and heard nothing of what happened after the match but what I saw at the final whistle shows why Brazil is a team that is able to bounce back in no time from such a horrible loss. The whole team including Scolari stood with heads held high after the match and apologized to their fans. The Brazilian fans are as well on another level of sportsmanship. They clapped for Schulle's second goal simply because it was one of the best in the tournament. They cheered for Oscar when he scored even though it was the last minute.

GROUP STAGE STANDINGS

Group A

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Brazil

3

2

1

-

7

2

+5

7

Mexico

3

2

1

-

4

1

+3

7

Croatia

3

1

-

2

6

6

0

3

Cameron

3

-

-

3

1

9

-8

0

Group B

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Netherlands

3

3

-

-

10

3

+7

9

Chile

3

2

-

1

5

3

+2

6

Spain

3

1

-

2

4

7

-3

3

Australia

3

-

-

3

3

9

-6

0

Group C

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Colombia

3

3

-

-

9

2

+7

9

Greece

3

1

1

1

2

4

-2

4

Ivory Coast

3

1

-

2

4

5

-1

3

Japan

3

-

1

2

2

6

-4

1

Group D

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Costa Rica

3

2

1

-

4

1

+3

7

Uruguay

3

2

-

1

4

4

0

6

Italy

3

1

-

1

2

3

-1

3

England

3

-

1

2

2

4

-2

1

Group E

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

France

3

2

1

-

8

2

+6

7

Switzerland

3

2

-

1

7

6

+1

6

Ecuador

3

1

1

1

3

3

0

4

Honduras

3

-

-

3

1

8

-7

0

Group F

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Argentina

3

3

-

-

6

3

+3

9

Nigeria

3

1

1

1

3

3

0

4

Bosnia-Herzegovina

3

1

-

2

4

4

0

3

Iran

3

-

1

2

2

3

-1

1

Group G

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Germany

3

2

1

-

7

2

+5

7

USA

3

1

1

1

4

4

0

4

Portugal

3

1

1

1

4

7

-3

4

Ghana

3

-

1

2

4

6

-2

1

Group H

Team

Played

W

D

L

For

Against

GD

Points

Belgium

3

3

-

-

4

1

+3

9

Algeria

3

1

2

-

6

5

+1

4

Russia

3

-

2

1

2

3

-1

2

Korea Republic

3

-

1

2

3

6

-3

1

Golden Boot

Name

Team

Goals

James

Colombia

6

Mueller

Germany

5

Neymar

Brazil

4

Messi

Argentina

4

Robben

Netherlands

3

Schulle

Germany

3

Van Persie

Netherlands

3

Benzema

France

3

Shaqiri

Switzerland

3

Cahill

Australia

2

Mandzukic

Croatia

2

Ruiz

Costa Rica

2

Oscar

Brazil

2

Gyan

Ghana

2

Suarez

Uruguay

2

Memphis

Netherlands

2

Perisic

Croatia

2

Jackson

Colombia

2

Hummels

Germany

2

Ayew

Ghana

2

Djabou

Algeria

2

Alves

Brazil

2

Musa

Nigeria

2

Slimani

Algeria

2

Dempsey

USA

2

Klose

Germany

2

Kroos

Germany

2

Sanchez

Chile

2

Peralta

Mexico

1

Alonso

Spain

1

De Vrij

Netherlands

1

Valdivia

Chile

1

Beausejour

Chile

1

Armero

Colombia

1

Gutierrez

Colombia

1

Cavani

Uruguay

1

Campbell

Costa Rica

1

Duarte

Costa Rica

1

Urena

Costa Rica

1

Marchisio

Italy

1

Balotelli

Italy

1

Sturridge

England

1

Bony

Ivory Coast

1

Gervinho

Ivory Coast

1

Honda

Japan

1

Valencia

Ecuador

1

Mehmedi

Switzerland

1

Seferovic

Switzerland

1

Ibisevic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Brooks

USA

1

Feghouli

Algeria

1

Fellani

Belgium

1

Mertens

Belgium

1

K H Lee

Korea Republic

1

Kerzhakov

Russia

1

Jedinak

Australia

1

Vargas

Chile

1

Aranguiz

Chile

1

Olic

Croatia

1

Quintero

Colombia

1

Rooney

England

1

Dzemaili

Switzerland

1

Xhaka

Switzerland

1

Matuidi

France

1

Giroud

France

1

Valbuena

France

1

Sissoko

France

1

Odemwingie

Nigeria

1

Origi

Belgium

1

H M Son

Korea Republic

1

J C Koo

Korea Republic

1

Hallichi

Algeria

1

Brahimi

Algeria

1

Fer

Netherlands

1

Torres

Spain

1

Villa

Spain

1

Mata

Spain

1

Matip

Cameron

1

Fernandinho

Brazil

1

Fred

Brazil

1

Marquez

Mexico

1

Hernandez

Mexico

1

Guardado

Mexico

1

Godin

Uruguay

1

Okazaki

Japan

1

Cuadrado

Colombia

1

Rojo

Argentina

1

Dzeko

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Pjanic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Vrsajevic

Bosnia-Herzegovina

1

Boye

Portugal

1

Ronaldo

Portugal

1

Vertonghen

Belgium

1

Kokorin

Russia

1


Dos Santos

Mexico

1

Huntelaar

Netherlands

1

Shneijder

Netherlands

1

Sokratis

Greece

1

Ozil

Germany

1

Pogba

France

1

Di Maria

Argentina

1

De Bruyne

Belgium

1

Lukaku

Belgium

1

Green

USA

1

Higuain

Argentina

1

Khdiera

Germany

1

CONTINENTS PERCETAGE QUALIFICATION TO THE ROUND OF 16:

Qualification Section

Number of Teams

Qualified to Knockout Stage

Ratio

Percentage

North, Central America & Caribbean

4

3

3/4

75%

South America

6

5

5/6

83%

Europe

13

6

6/13

46%

Africa

5

2

2/5

40%

Asia

4

0

0

0%

Oceania

0

0

0

0%

*Indicates that there is still team(s) with undecided results in the last day of group stage

CONTINENTS PERCETAGE QUALIFICATION TO QUARTERFINALS:

Qualification Section

Round of 16

Qualified To Quarterfinals

Ratio

Percentage

North, Central America & Caribbean

3

1

1/3

33%

South America

5

3

3/5

60%

Europe

6

4

4/6

67%

Africa

2

0

0

0%

Knockout Stage is Shaping Up:

ROUND OF 16

QUARTER FINALS

SEMI FINAL

FINAL

CHAMPION

BRAZIL

1*

BRAZIL

2

BRAZIL

1

GERMANY

CHILE

1

COLOMBIA

2

COLOMBIA

1

URUGUAY

0

FRANCE

2

FRANCE

0

GERMANY

7

NIGERIA

0

GERMANY

2

GERMANY

1

ALGERIA

1

BELGIUM

2

BLEGIUM

0

ARGENTINA

THIRD PLACE

USA

1

ARGENTINA

1

ARGENTINA

1

SWITZERLAND

0

COSTA RICA

1*

COSTA RICA

0

NETHERLANDS

GREECE

1

NETHERLANDS

2

NETHERLANDS

0*

MEXICO

1

*Brazil won 3-2 penalty shootouts

*Costa Rica won 5-3 in penalty shootouts

*Netherlands won 4-4 in penalty shootouts

Day 24 Match:

ARGENTINA VS NETHERLANDS