Thomas Müller (11'), Miroslav Klose (23'), Toni Kroos (24'), Toni Kroos (26'), Sami Khedira (29'), André Schürrle (69'), André Schürrle (79')

The seven goals that drowned Brazil:

Thomas Müller (11')

Miroslav Klose (23')

Toni Kroos (24')

Toni Kroos (26')

Sami Khedira (29')

André Schürrle (69')

André Schürrle (79')

Germany 7, Brazil 0. André Schürrle scores his second of the game. Germany are now the first team to score seven in a World Cup semifinal.

Germany scored five goals in the opening 30 minutes on Tuesday to take an astounding 5-0 lead over Brazil at halftime in the World Cup semifinals.

Toni Kroos scored twice in two minutes and Miroslav Klose added his record—setting 16th career World Cup goal. Thomas Mueller and Sami Khedira also scored.

(Germany's Toni Kroos celebrates after scoring during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on Tuesday. Photo: AP)

(Germany's forward Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring during the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday. Photo: AFP)

Kroos scored his first goal in the 25th minute, knocking in a cross from Philipp Lahm. He made it 4—0 a minute later, beating Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar after a defensive mistake from Fernandinho.

Brazil, playing without the injured Neymar and the suspended Thiago Silva, attacked from the start, but the Germans quickly opened up the defense and started the rout.

A drenching, tropical rain and an early onslaught of goals by a powerful Germany team deflated the Brazilian football faithful who packed onto the golden sands of Copacabana beach to watch a World Cup semifinal match on Tuesday.

Five early goals by Germany were greeted by mass groans and then eerie quiet from nearly the entire Fan Fest except for a small contingent of about a dozen German supporters, who burst into excited cheers.

If Brazil loses and is out of the World Cup it’s hosting, “you are going to have the most depressed country ever,” Brazil fan Pablo Ramoz said.

Brazil has spent billions of dollars preparing for the tournament, with expectations that home advantage could deliver Brazil a sixth title.

But with star striker Neymar out injured and captain Thiago Silva suspended for the semifinals, Brazilians were wary they could handle the Germans.

In Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city, thousands gathered in the Bohemian neighbourhood of Vila Madalena, the streets carpeted with yellow, green and blue the colors of the Brazilian flag.

Before the match, there was great hope.

“It’s exciting and scary,” said Alan Ferreira, a 41-year-old publicist decked out in a yellow track suit and carrying a replica of the World Cup trophy in one hand and a megaphone in the other. “Every Brazilian is feeling this strong desire to win.”

At the Mineirao Stadium where the match was played, people wore Neymar masks to honour the 22-year-old star and fans of both teams were mingling.

“We heard so many bad things about Brazil before we came, but it’s been an incredible experience so far,” said 29-year-old Michael Beussemer, who has been in the country for more than two weeks following Germany at the World Cup. “The fan atmosphere has been great, we can’t complain about anything. Everyone is hyped up for this match, it’s just great to be able to be here.”

The Brazil-Germany match is the last of the six World Cup matches held at the Mineirao Stadium.

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