Germany took 18 minutes to knock Brazil out of the World Cup

The most extraordinary 18 minutes in the history of the World Cup.

Mar 2, 2020, 1:37 am*

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Kevin Morris

It was easily the most extraordinary first 18 minutes in the history of the World Cup.

Just 11 minutes into Brazil’s semifinal against Germany, a corner kick found an unmarked Thomas Müller inside Brazil’s box. Germany’s leading goalscorer over the past two World Cups neatly slotted the ball past keeper Júlio César. With that goal, it was as if Brazil simply gave up. The sluice gates opened.

A mere 12 minutes later, Miroslav Klose scored his world record 16th World Cup goal. A minute later, Toni Kroos scored—and then he did again a minute after that. By the time Sami Khedira scored the fifth goal in the 29th minute, Brazil had already lost. And the proudest soccer nation on Earth was humbled before an audience of billions.

It shouldn’t have happened. Sure, Brazil had lost talisman Neymar in its brutal quarterfinal match up against Colombia, knocked out by a fractured vertebra. But this was Brazil. A Petri dish from which are born entire colonies of grossly talented soccer players. Brazil’s C team could make it to the semifinals of the World Cup. Hell, on a good day, they could win it. So what happened?

That’s something the Brazilians will have four long years to contemplate.

Photo by Jorge in Brazil/flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Jul 8, 2014, 5:14 pm