BERLIN (AP) — Germans awoke on Wednesday to discover the 7-1 demolition of Brazil in their World Cup semifinal was not a delightful dream but a scarcely believable reality.
The front-page headline in the country's biggest-selling newspaper, Bild, read simply: "7-1. No words for it!"
The paper dedicated the next six pages to pictures of the Germany players scoring and celebrating, and marked veteran striker's Miroslav Klose's record-breaking 16th World Cup goal by offering readers a poster of "Miro Klose, Football God!"
When it finally got to words, it declared the team "immortal" and wrote: "This 7-1 is worth as much as a title."
Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup as both player and coach, tweeted: "What was that? Hard to believe."
The Sueddeutsche Zeitung broadsheet joined in the chorus of disbelief with the online headline: "Seven-one — is that really true?" And even the sober Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily added: "Unthinkable, inconceivable, incomprehensible."
United States coach Juergen Klinsmann, who coached Germany to third place when the country hosted the World Cup in 2006, wrote on Twitter: "The best German performance ever in a World Cup!! Simply fantastic!! Now get the Cup JOGI and TEAM!!"
Germany coach Joachim Loew, widely known as Jogi, was Klinsmann's assistant in 2006.
German President Joachim Gauck's office said Wednesday that both he and Chancellor Angela Merkel would travel to Rio de Janeiro for the final against Argentina or the Netherlands, who were to play in the other semifinal.