BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil – Germany scored five goals in the opening 30 minutes 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.
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.