Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: Hosts join Haiti and Zaire as the only sides to be down by five at half-time

The shocking 7-1 defeat was not only humiliating but one of the worst ever

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Brazil's defeat to Germany has placed them alongside two of the games minnows in the annals of World Cup history.

In conceding five in the first half, Brazil have joined a select club of just two other nations to be down by that score in a World Cup match, becoming the first team in 40 years do so.

The other two teams?

Haiti and Zaire.

In a free-scoring World Cup 1974, Yugoslavia beat Zaire 9-0 and scored five past them within 30 minutes.

That was a World Cup record for the most amount of goals in such a short space of time, until Germany fired five past Brazil in 29 minutes in Belo Horizonte, with four of those coming in a devastating six-minute spell.

A day later on 19 June, Poland faced fellow minnows Haiti and also managed to score five in the first 45minutes, eventually winning 7-0.

Of course, both of those matches were in the group stages and not in a semi-final played on home soil.