Gary Neville dissects Brazil's humiliating loss to Germany

Luiz Felipe Scolari

Former Manchester United mainstay, football pundit and England coach has commented on the 7-1 historic World Cup semifinal.

Last night, at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Germany advanced to the FIFA World Cup final thanks to a historic 7-1 triumph over an emotional Brazil.

Throughout the tournament, Felipe Luis Scolari's Selecao had shown signs that they were struggling to cope with the expectancy and the pressure of competing for the trophy in front of their own fans - many of their stars wept their way through pre-match anthems.

After the game with the Germans, the Samba Stars were crying once more.

While their national media have talked-up the dire nature of Brazil's collective performance - from the defence to the attack - with printed press such as O Globo giving each player a 0/10 mark, this perhaps detracts away from one very important factor… Germany were incredible.

  TouchesTotal PassPass AccPossessionShotsSavesGoals
Germany 683 509 84.09% 53.0% 14 7 7
Brazil 633 443 86.00% 47.0% 18 3 1

There is not much to separate Germany from Brazil when it comes to key statistics like touches on the football and passing accuracy. When it came to possession both nations were tied at 50% each up to and including the 85th minute, however, the one stat that matters was the goals scored… seven against one.

Sky Sports analyst Gary Neville, who was a part of the England coaching team - a nation who failed to progress out of the group stage - offered a post-match dissection on his social media network.

Neville, a former defender himself having helped organised the Manchester United rearguard for the better part of two decades, said: "A lot is being made of bad defending but it was a lesson in attacking play on a: decision making in the last third and b: the extra pass, from Germany.

"Some of those goals were incisive , brutal and clinical all in one! To produce that composure on the two squared goals in that atmosphere was brilliant to watch."

Brazil still have one game to play in the World Cup as they are now scheduled in for the third/fourth place play-off on Saturday against the loser of this evening's second semifinal between Argentina and the Netherlands.

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