Low: We Took Advantage Of 'Cracking Up' Brazil

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  • Germany Coach Joachim Low said his side took advantage of a "cracked up" Brazil team in their 7-1 semi-final thrashing of the 2014 World Cup hosts on Tuesday.

    Brazil suffered the ignominy of being 5-0 behind to a rampant Germany at half-time during the semi-final contest on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte, which ended 7-1 as the hosts crashed out of the competition and Germany advanced to the World Cup final in style.

    Thomas Muller gave the triple World Cup winners the early lead before Miroslav Klose added one to break the record for most goals scored in the event's history. Toni Kroos added two more in the space of under 180 seconds before Sami Khedira netted a quick fifth, only for Andre Schurrle to add a brace in the second half to rub the wound in further.

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    Germany Coach Low said: "Scoring three in four minutes the hosts were in shock. We were extremely cool and realised they were cracking up, and we took advantage of that."

    Brazil's Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari described the 7-1 loss to Germany as "the worst day" of his life meanwhile, the result proving Brazil's heaviest World Cup defeat since the 3-0 loss to France in the 1998 final.

    "I will be remembered as the coach to lose 7-1 but I knew that risk when I took the job," said former Chelsea manager Scolari, who won the 2002 World Cup with the Brazilian side.

    "The person who decided the line-up, the tactics, was me. It was my choice."

    Germany now face the winners of Wednesday's semi-final between Netherlands v Argentina in the final this Sunday, entering as 3/4 to win the tournament with Betway at best ahead of 5/2 Argentina (Betfred) and 4/1 Netherlands (Bet365).

    Thomas Muller's fifth goal of the tournament now moves him within one of James Rodriguez in the battle for the Golden Boot, and the 2010 top scorer is 3/1 with Sky Bet to take the honours.

    Klose meanwhile bagged his second of the current World Cup, putting him ahead of Ronaldo as the top scorer of all time in the tournament's history with 16 goals in 23 games.

    Read our preview of Wednesday's second semi-final between Netherlands v Argentina, and you can compare all the odds for the 2014 World Cup right here.

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