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Brazil's dream of winning World Cup at home shattered quickly in semifinals against Germany

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    Brazil players sink to their knees after the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Germany won the match 7-1. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) (The Associated Press)

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    Brazil's Fernandinho, David Luiz and Maicon, from left, walk over the pitch after Germany scored their fifth goal during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) (The Associated Press)

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    Brazil's Dante reacts at the end of the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Germany won 7-1. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) (The Associated Press)

It was a humiliating home defeat of record proportions that no Brazilian could have seen coming.

With its defense collapsing early and nobody able to spark the attack, Brazil conceded four goals in a seven-minute span, trailed 5-0 at half time and was routed 7-1 by Germany in the World Cup semifinals on Tuesday.

Without suspended captain Thiago Silva and injured star striker Neymar, the Brazilian team appeared rudderless.

Fans were in shock, some leaving way before the final whistle.

Seven years after winning the bid to host the tournament, the five-time champions already know that they can finish no higher than third place. The playoff — some argue the cruelest of the World Cup matches — is Saturday against the loser of the Netherlands- Argentina semifinal.