A thunderous occasion that began with Brazil riding a tidal wave of emotion was reduced to a nightmareas Germany were5-0 up inside 29 remarkable minutes in front of adisbelieving Estadio Mineirao crowd.
Brazil's players mourned the absence of the injured Neymar before kick-off,but captain Thiago Silva was an even bigger loss.The result was their first competitive home defeat in 39 years,and the end of their hopes of making it to the World Cup final at the iconic Maracana on Sunday.
Many Brazil supporters,swamped with such anticipation as they gathered in their thousands around the ground hours before kick-off,were reduced to tears after less than 30 minutes,and reduced to such a state of shock that it was only at half-time that they registered their first serious dissent.
This equalled Brazil's heaviest margin of defeat,a 6-0 loss at the hands of Uruguay in the 1920 Copa America,but the impact of this reverse,not just on the world stage but in their homeland,will put this alongside the 1950 World Cup final defeat by the Uruguayansin Rio as their darkest football day.
Six records in a game
Germany striker Miroslav Klose becomes World Cup history's record goalscorer with 16 goals in 23 games.
This is the first time a team have scored seven goals in a World Cup semi-final.
No team had previously conceded five or more goals by half-time in a World Cupsemi-final.
Thisis Brazil's biggest defeat in World Cup finals history,surpassing their 3-0 loss to France in the final in 1998.
Germany were 5-0 up after 29 minutes-faster than any team in World Cup history.
Germany are now the highest scorers in World Cup history with 223 goals,overtaking Brazil.