Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
New Delhi: In the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2014 we have witnessed 167 goals in 61 matches played so far, which is quite a healthy goal scoring rate. But the first semi-final, played between the host nation Brazil and Germany on Tuesday, witnessed eight goals, out of which seven were scored by the robust Germans to send the Selecao out of the tournament.
The Germans sealed the deal in the first thirty minutes of the game by scoring five goals. In fact, after scoring the opening goal in the 11th minute the next four goals were scored within six minutes between 23rd and 29th in the first half.
Let’s have a look at all the eight goals scored in the dramatic match, which would be remembered as one of the most lop-sided affairs in the history of World Cup.
1st Goal- 11th minute: The opening goal was scored by the golden boot winner of the last World Cup, Thomas Muller, when he found himself unmarked off a corner kick by Toni Kroos and found the back of the net.
2nd Goal – 23rd minute: Then came a record breaking goal from the 36-year-old German striker, Miroslav Klose. Kroos made good use of a defensive error and created a move by passing the ball to Muller who came in from the right. Muller laid the ball off to Klose whose first attempt was stopped by the goalie but on the rebound Klose slotted the ball inside the back of the net. And the goal made him the all-time leading goal scorer in the World Cup history, as he surpassed the 15-goal record set up by the ‘original’ Ronaldo.
Third Goal – 24th minute: Within one minute of the second goal, Ozil found skipper Philipp Lahm on the right. And Kroos made no mistake by blasting in the ball with a left footed volley on a cross received by Lahm.
Fourth Goal- 26th minute: Even after scoring three goals, Germans were hungry for more and they once again attacked the Brazil post which was looking vulnerable due to their sloppy defence. This time Kroos passed the ball to Sami Khedira to make it four but the midfielder unselfishly gave the ball back to Kroos, who scored his second goal of the match in less than two minutes.
Fifth Goal- 29th minute: By now German mid-fielders had broken all the codes to breach Brazil’s weak defence. Germany went for another attack and found their three players near the opposition`s goal post. After toying with Brazilian defenders with the help of single touch passes they managed to pass the ball to unmarked Real Madrid player Khedira, who slotted the ball into the bottom low corner. And then Germany maintained their five goals lead successfully till the first half.
Sixth Goal- 69th minute:In the initial minutes of the second half, Germans looked a bit defensive but in the 69th minute Khedira played the ball to Lahm on the right as they went for another goal. Lahm cut the ball in the middle and the substitute of Klose, Schurrle finished the formality with his right foot.
Seventh Goal- 79 minute: After ten minutes, Muller pulled out a long ball near the corner flag and fired in a cross. Schurrle who was the only player in the middle, struck a left-footed volley from a tight angle despite being marked by David Luiz. And the ball hit the underside of the crossbar and made its way into the net.
8th Goal – 90 minutes: In the dying minutes of the match, Oscar scored a consolation goal for the home side. He cut in from the left beating defender Boateng, made his way to the middle and shot. Manuel Neuer came out but could not prevent the goal from going inside the back of his net.
In the absence of skipper Thiago Silva and star striker Neymar, Brazil looked like a mediocre side in front of Germany, and ended their World Cup campaign in worst possible manner.