Germany made a half-time pledge to try not to humiliate Brazil in Tuesday's extraordinary semi-final.
The Europeans were leading the hosts 5-0 after an unbelievable first 45 minutes and ended the match 7-1 victors in Belo Horizonte.
Defender Mats Hummels maintains that the Germans were determined to stay professional in the second half, even though the result was secure.
"We just made it clear that we had to stay focused and not try to humiliate them," he said.
"We said we had to stay serious and concentrate at half-time. That’s something you don’t have to show on the pitch if you are playing.
"You have to show the opponent respect and it was very important that we did this and didn’t try to show some magic or something like this. It was important we played our game for 90 minutes."
Brazil 1 Germany 7 player ratings
Brazil 1 Germany 7 player ratings
1/22 Brazil: Julio Cesar
Having performed so well before, especially in the last 16 against Chile, must have been distraught at the disaster in front of him. Powerless. 4/10
A 32-year-old with that much experience should be taking responsibility, but Maicon never did, simply making the runs he wanted to make. 3
3/22 David Luiz
Instead of showing discipline and leadership, rising to the role of captain, he was abysmal, playing only his own game and abdicating all responsibility. 2
Always unlikely to replace Thiago Silva adequately, and he provided none of the skill, awareness, leadership or discipline his captain does. 3
Conceded the corner for the first goal and never looked especially keen on stopping Germany from adding to their tally. 2
6/22 Luis Gustavo
Asked to provide balance in midfield, he was swamped by Khedira and Kroos, as the spine of this Brazil side melted away in the first half. 3
Utterly outclassed by the German midfield, he could barely get on the ball until scoring his sharp consolation goal. 4
Just as anonymous as he had been for the rest of the tournament and once the damage had been done he was booed and jeered by the fans. 2
Meant to provide energy and presence in midfield but he was dismal, swamped by German numbers and gifting the ball for the fourth. Off at half-time. 2
Did have an opening or two in Brazil’s bright opening but, not for the first time, lacked the skill to take advantage. Did not make the second half. 2
Trusted to fill Neymar’s role, by the time he saw the ball Brazil had already lost. At least he wanted to try things in the second half. 4
12/22 Germany: Manuel Neuer
Did in fact have a few saves to make, early in the second half, and he was impeccable again until Oscar’s late consolation goal. 7/10
Made one excellent tackle on Marcelo when the game was still 0-0. After that it was all attack, crossing well from the right for the third and sixth goals. 8
Called upon once or twice to defend, which he did very well, and spent the rest of the evening admiring the quality of his team’s forward play. 7
His only disappointment, having come off at half-time for Per Mertesacker, is that he could not add to his goal tally for the tournament. 7
Not quite as incisive as Lahm on the opposite side, but was still impressive, never once beaten defensively and providing a useful option out wide. 7
Operating in the oceans of space in front of Brazil’s centre-backs, he played the through pass for the second goal and scored the third and fourth. 10
Can barely have expected such a comfortable evening, winning the ball and moving it forward for his team-mates to do the damage. 8
Showed he is one of the best big-game players in the world, with that brilliant nose for goal to score the first. Wonderful movement from then on. 10
The man whose expert shuttling and well-timed runs destroyed Brazil’s collapsing system. Made the fourth, scored the fifth and could have had more. 10
Had more than enough space in wide areas to enjoy himself, always moving intelligently and involved in creating two of the first-half goals. 8
On the night Germany humiliated Brazil, Klose broke Ronaldo’s World Cup scoring record, beating Julio Cesar for the second goal. 8
Hummels, is currently an injury concern for Germany and they will be hoping he is available for Sunday's final in Rio de Janeiro.
"After our second goal they got confused. They were not organised on the pitch and after that we didn’t miss a chance until we scored the fifth goal. This doesn’t happen too often. You just have to enjoy it," he added.
"We must keep our feet on the ground, but that’s no problem for us. We know how hard it will be on Sunday. It doesn’t matter who the opponent is on the day. It will be a hard fight and the only chance we have of winning is if we know that from the start.
"We know we are one of the best teams in the world but you always need a bit of luck and for us it was a good day. We must enjoy what happened, but if we lose the final, this semi-final will not be worth anything.
"The game does not have any impact on the final on because it will be a totally different game. It was nice how it went, but it will be no problem keeping our feet on the ground."Reuse content