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Brazil's fans tried.
They sang the national anthem as one, they screamed, they prayed, they cried—some of them even wore these super-creepy Neymar masks, thought up by a group of Brazilian ad agencies in the wake of the tournament-ending injury the star forward suffered last week.
But probably not even the real Neymar could have prevented what happened to the home team today in what turned into the worst-ever loss for a World Cup host nation and Brazil's worst defeat in 94 years. Moreover, the last time Brazil gave up seven goals in one match was in 1934.
While Germany was favored to win, pretty much no one (not even the world's unofficial numbers guy Nate Silver) could have predicted the shellacking that occurred in this semifinal today at Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte.
Just as is the case with any loss at any level, however, there was a triumphant flip side in the 7-1 drubbing. And perhaps no one left the pitch feeling better than 36-year-old Miroslav Klose, who now holds the World Cup record for goals scored, with 16.
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Even more bitter for Brazil? Klose's goal, the second of the match for Germany, moved the veteran striker ahead of Brazilian hero Ronaldo on the all-time list.
Other records set Tuesday in Belo Horizonte, according to statisticians from UberFacts and ESPN:
• Germany's seven goals were the most ever scored in a World Cup semifinal.
• Four goals in six minutes is a World Cup semifinal record.
• At five goals, Germany became the all-time nation leader in World Cup goals, with 221.