Embarrassed, humbled, crushed, thumped, battered, destroyed... however you want to put it, Brazil were thoroughly humiliated by Germany in Belo Horizonte.
The magnitude of the defeat in a World Cup semi-final will forever be remembered. The manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari, described it as the "worst day of my life" and the "worst loss" in Brazil's history.
A strong assessment of Brazil's capitulation, but he might not have gone far enough. There have been plenty of massive defeats - Tottenham beating Wigan 9-1 in the Premier League a couple of years ago, for example - but rarely do games on the biggest stages produce such embarrassment.
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
Brazil were so desperate to win this World Cup because they have been haunted by the defeat in the 1950 World Cup final in the Maracana.
Imagine what this defeat will do to future generations of Brazilian football fans. This defeat will echo in football history for a long time, at every subsequent World Cup, commentators and fans will point to this defeat.
Video: Brazilians react to humiliating loss
Germany's performance was overwhelming and spectacular, but the defensive meltdown will likely not be beaten, especially at as crucial a juncture as a World Cup semi-final on home soil.
The 200m Brazilians who were willing this team into the final would have been badly burned not only by the scoreline but by the manner of the defeat.
The game not only equals the biggest margin of defeat suffered by the Selecao, that was a 6-0 loss to Uruguay in the 1920 Copa America, but it also ended their competitive undefeated streak at home.
The last competitive match they lost in Brazil was in the 1975 Copa America against Peru, a run that has stretched 63 matches.
Looking at some of the worst defeats ever, it's hard to find one that rivals the humiliation that Scolari's men would have felt in the Estadio Mineirao.
Uruguay 2 Brazil 1 (World Cup final, 1950)
The defeat that still haunts Brazil will now become a distant memory. In the days leading up to the final the Brazilian press and public had already begun celebrating the game as if it had already been won and 200,000 (unofficially) packed into the Maracana to witness the final. The game went to plan with Brazil even taking the lead, before Uruguay fought back to a 2-1 lead. The defeat caused Brazil to change the colour of their kit and the Brazilian players who played in the match were never forgiven by the public.
England 3 Hungary 6 (International friendly, 1953)
The Three Lions have never been so stunned on home soil. Ferenc Puskas and the Magical Magyars were rampant at Wembley, leaving Walter Winterbottom's England team look light years behind the cutting thrust of the Hungarians. Hungary then followed it up with a 7-1 at home over England a few months later. The first match was England's first ever defeat to continental opposition and signalled the start of tactical and technical innovations in British football - changes that helped shape England's 1966 World Cup winners.
Real Madrid 7 Eintracht Frankfurt 3 (European Cup final, 1960)
The Germans actually took the lead in this game before two of the best players in Real's history, the aforementioned Puskas and the great Alfredo di Stefano, who passed away earlier this week, took over the game at Hampden Park and made it their own. Di Stefano scored three and Puskas scored four in the highest scoring European Cup final ever. The win was the last of five successive European Cup wins by Real Madrid.
AC Milan 4 Barcelona 0 (Champions League final, 1994)
Johan Cruyff's Barcelona entered the game as favourites having won their fourth straight La Liga title. Fabio Capello's Milan were severely understrength without star men Marco van Basten and Gianluigi Lentini through injury and captain Franco Baresi and Alessandro Costacurta suspended, while Florin Raducioiu, Jean-Pierre Papin and Brian Laudrup could not play because of Uefa regulations on foreign players. Milan were brilliant and put Barca to the sword, in one of the best performances in European Cup history.
Australia 31-0 (World Cup qualification, 2001)
The biggest ever victory in a senior international, this qualifier for the 2002 World Cup featured an Australian team without any of their recognisable stars. Archie Thompson was the man who most profited, scoring 13 of the his nations goals, while David Zdrilic scored eight. The match led Fifa to introduce a preliminary round in the Oceanian qualifying zone and also led to Australia moving into the Asian Football Confederation.
Manchester United 8 Arsenal 2 (Premier League, 2011)
Arsene Wenger might have sent out a young team at Old Trafford, but this defeat left the French manager on the very brink at the Gunners. Years of underspending following the move to the Emirates had left Arsenal unable to truly compete at the very top and the sales of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy in the weeks leading up to the match had a large section of Arsenal fans vociferous in their criticism of Wenger. After the defeat he sprung into action signing Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta. Robin van Persie was brilliant in scoring 30 goals that season, but the damage was done and the Dutchman left to join United in search of trophies.
Manchester United 1 Manchester City 6 (Premier League, 2011)
It may have only been October when these two met, but it was already being billed as a title decider. What happened next was simply unbelievable - Mario Balotelli was in the headlines for setting off fireworks in his house, but answered his critics with his infamous 'Why Always Me?' t-shirt after opening the scoring. A brilliant performance by Roberto Mancini's men was United's heaviest defeat at Old Trafford in 84 years, while Sir Alex Ferguson called it his "worst-ever day". City won the league on goal difference that year, in a stunning finale at the Etihad.
Barcelona 0 Bayern Munich 7(agg) (Champions League semi-final, 2013)
The death of tiki-taka? It may not have been the end but it was certainly the first nail in the coffin. Over two legs Bayern picked apart a Barcelona team that had been one of the dominant forces in world football for years. For all their possession and control, Barcelona could not cope with the physicality and ruthlessness of a Bayern Munich team on their way to a treble. Led by Arjen Robben, Jupp Heynckes' men were unstoppable in Europe that season, avenging the defeat on home soil the previous season in the best possible way - by beating arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund in the Wembley final.
Chelsea 6 Arsenal 0 (Premier League, 2014)
An eye-opening performance that was over in the first 10minutes. Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge of the Gunners was meant to be one of celebration and joy, but it turned to disaster. Arsenal had entered February as genuine title contenders for the first time in a long time, but it quickly fell to pieces after Samuel Eto'o and Andre Schurrle opened the scoring. The bizarre Kieran Gibbs/Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain mix-up only added to the sense of farce. For a while in the ensuing weeks Arsenal were under real threat to lose their Champions League place to Everton - Wenger must make a strong statement in the transfer market this summer.
Spain 1 Netherlands 5 (World Cup group stage, 2014)
This was the death of tiki-taka. Vicente del Bosque's Spain may have been an ageing and declining force, but they still entered the tournament as genuine favourites. They had dominated the last six years of international football, winning two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup with the same core of players. But the manner of the defeat at the hands of the Dutch, along with an exit at the group stage, has everyone in Spain questioning what next. Xavi, Iker Casillas, David Villa and Xabi Alonso have all played their last game for La Roja and Del Bosque's position is under threat. They must rebuild quickly.
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