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7-goal scoring spree stuns even Germany

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 8, 2014 at 7:42 pm •  Published: July 8, 2014

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Chance after chance was offered, and the Germany players just kept on taking them with clinical efficiency.

In the end, not 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 Klose'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 half an hour on Tuesday.

And this was against Brazil, the five-time World Cup champion, playing on home soil.

"It was of course not exactly expected. The space we had was bigger than against defensive teams," Mueller said. "We took advantage of it superbly, the opponent at some point gets broken. Now we have to pull all the stops one more time and lift the thing. We should keep our feet on the ground."

Germany will seek its fourth title on Sunday at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana against either Argentina or the Netherlands. Germany is in its first final since losing 2-0 to Brazil in 2002. It finished third in the last two tournaments.

Mueller recalled how Germany was criticized back home after eking out a 2-1 win over Algeria after a poor performance to start the knockout stage, and now "we'll be forever praised."

Germany coach Joachim Loew said the "shell-shocked" Brazil side was so stunned it didn't know how to respond.

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