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Germany’s Philipp Lahm, right, consoles Brazil’s Oscar after a World Cup semifinal game at Mineirao Stadium Tuesday in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Germany won 7-1. Reuters

World Cup: Germany shocks Brazil with 7-1 thrashing

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By Mike Collett

Reuters

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — Germany inflicted the most shocking result in World Cup history when they crushed hosts Brazil 7-1 in a semi-final that brought grief to millions of home fans and caused utter astonishment around the world on Tuesday.

The inspired Germans scored five goals in 18 first-half minutes to re-write the record books as Brazil’s defense caved in to leave their dreams of a sixth world title in tatters.

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