LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach found himself in an awkward situation, supporting his native Germany in the World Cup semifinal against Brazil, the country that will host the next Olympics.
Bach, an avid football fan since his youth in Germany, watched Tuesday night's match on a big screen at a Lausanne hotel, sitting on a couch next to Carlos Nuzman, the Brazilian who heads the organizing committee for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Bach jumped to his feet and raised both arms in celebration after striker Miroslav Klose scored to put Germany up 2-0 after 23 minutes. But he was politely restrained and muted after that as the Germans piled on goal after goal. Germany led 5-0 at the half and extended the lead to 7-0 in the second before Oscar scored for Brazil in the 90th minute.
"It is not only a shock for the Brazilians, I think it is for everybody," Bach said. "Such a result can only happen when you have these kind of circumstances. Brazil was missing its best player. Neymar cannot be replaced and the other team was playing an excellent match and scoring. If you saw Brazil in the first 10 minutes, they played very well offensively, then it all turned around."
"I really have a lot of respect for the sports-loving fans and public and nation, and I keep my fingers crossed for them for the (third-place) match," he added.
Bach, who embraced Nuzman after the match, praised the Brazilian fans who witnessed their team being demolished at the Mineirao stadium.
"Other stadia would have been empty at halftime after 0-5," he said. "There you saw a full capacity stadium still supporting the team and acknowledging the effort. There are these kind of black days. It is a pity but things like this happen. But Germany was the better team and deserved to win."
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