Paris Saint Germain defender David Luiz has apologised to the Brazilian fans who watched the hosts suffer a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup semi-finals.
Luiz captained the side in the absence of suspended skipper Thiago Silva, and was in tears as he walked off the pitch after the mauling by the Germans.
"They were better than us," the former Chelsea man said. "It's a very sad day but it's also a day from which to learn.
"Apologies to all the Brazilian people. I just wanted to see my people smile."
Luiz moved to PSG last summer for £50 million. He did very little to justify his colossal price tag, putting in a performance that the BBC's Alan Hansen described as "one of the worst I have ever seen".
Luiz's trademark buccaneering forays up the pitch left his side woefully exposed at the back, and he was routinely punished by the irresistible German attack.
The 27-year-old was consoled by Silva as he left the field, who Brazil seemed to miss even more than their injured talisman Neymar.
Despite his players' poor performance, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was quick to take the entire blame for the result.
"The person who decided the line-up, the tactics, was me. It was my choice," the former Chelsea manager said. "I will be remembered as the coach to lose 7-1 but I knew that risk when I took the job."
He added: "My message for the Brazilian people is please excuse us for this performance. I'm sorry that we weren't able to get to the final and we're going to try to win the third-place match. We still have something to play for."
Scolari's men will have to pick themselves up for the third-place match, which takes place on Saturday July 12. The hosts will play the losers of the second semi-final tie between Argentina and the Netherlands.