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FIFA 2014 World Cup Rundown: A Semis Drowned In Tears, Shocks And Triumph

FIFA 2014 World Cup Rundown: A Semis Drowned In Tears, Shocks And Triumph

The recently concluded semi-finals is one of the most memorable episodes in the history of World Cup—records were broken, tears were shed and unusual heroes rose to the occasion.

 

Recap

A dramatic win over Colombia helped Brazil advanced into the semis. But the squad has to pay a heavy price for the said victory.

 

During the dying minutes of the match, the host lost its talismanic striker, Neymar. The latter incurred an injury after a heavy air collision against Colombia’s Juan Camilio Zuniga. Other than Neymar, Brazil also lost the core of their defence, Thiago Silva. Silva got his second booking and was suspended.

 

Silva’s loss was a boon for the Germans. Die Mannschaft has already trounced its rival, France and the news of Silva’s suspension gave their confidence a major boost.

 

And true enough, Germany was able to re-define football history when they went against the host.

 

In 29 minutes, Die Mannschaft redefined football history whilst the host experienced a shocking humiliation in front of their very own crowd.

 

Within the 29-minute ordeal, Miroslav Klose stole the record from Brazil’s Ronaldo. He is now the top World Cup scorer with 16 points. The team has also outnumbered Brazil in terms of the total goals scored. Brazil had 221 and Germany quickly erased it. The latter now has 223.

 

Lastly, Die Mannschaft inflicted Brazil’s worst defeat when they ravaged the host with 7 goals. The Selecaos was able to respond though. Before the last whistle, the team scored their first and last goal of the match.

 

While goals rained during Germany and Brazil’s faceoff, it was the opposite for Argentina and Netherlands.

 

The encounter experienced a goal drought, which forced the match to extend. Soon, a penalty shootout was the only way to break the deadlock.

 

Many were expecting the Dutch to dominate. However, the persistent and resilient Argentina gained the rights to advance in the final. At last, Argentina’s 24-year wait is over.

 

The scene-stealer

With all the records they broke, Germany was the ultimate scene-stealer of the semis.

 

The weakest link

There is no doubt that Brazil was the weakest link. The defeat to Germany surpassed their 6-0 loss to Uruguay.

 

The final verdict

Brazil may feature to snatch the 3rd spot in the competition. But they are pitted against Netherlands, which, like them is desperate for a win. Expect a down the wire match between the two, with Netherlands securing a narrow victory. A penalty shootout is also possible.

 

Germany is the outright favorite to win the final. World Cup betting odds valued at 2.26 see them dominate the match.

 

Despite thrashing Brazil, there is a possibility for Argentina to slow down Germany. The former may opt to park the bus and go to shootouts again. But after finishing in the semis during 2 World Cups, the Germans will ensure that they will be crowned as football kings.

 

 

Image Source: Parade

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