How Germany's 14-Year Plan Destroyed Brazil

Thomas Müller of Germany celebrates scoring his team's first goal during their 2014 FIFA World Cup Semi Final match against Brazil.

Photographer: Alex Livesey/FIFA via Getty Images

By the end it was hard to watch Germany's 7-1 demolition of Brazil. Poor Andre Schürrle, the substitute who came in at striker for Germany in the second half, couldn't quite celebrate his two goals the way Thomas Müller had when he scored the first goal in the 11th minute. A friend watching at a bar in Berlin reported that when Oscar finally scored for Brazil in the 90th minute, all the Germans in the bar offered an empathy cheer.

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