BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil – Chance after chance was offered, and the Germany players just kept on taking them with clinical efficiency to the degree that even they could scarcely believe the 7-1 World Cup semifinal win over Brazil.
Thomas Mueller opened the scoring in the 11th minute, and then Miroslav Kloser's record-breaking 16th World Cup career goal triggered a four-goal frenzy in a seven-minute span as Germany took a 5-0 lead inside a half hour on Tuesday.
And this was against Brazil, the five-time champion, playing on home soil.
Mueller says Germany was allowed more space than against the defense-oriented teams and "took advantage of it superbly" to set a scoring record for World Cup semifinals.
Germany coach Joachim Loew said the Brazil lineup was so shocked it didn't know how to respond.