So who expected that?
Has anyone ever seen anything quite like it?
What a humiliation!
Brazil one, Germany seven! I have just typed those words and I still cannot really believe it.
Talk about blowing it and choking and the images of Brazilian supporters in tears and a state of shock will stay with me for a long time.
The 7-1 scoreline was equal to the worst defeat in the history of Brazilian football and was also Brazil’s heaviest World Cup defeat, the next being their 3-0 loss to France in the 1998 Final.
It was also the first time that Brazil had conceded more than five World Cup goals since 1938, although on that occasion they managed to comeback to beat Poland 6-5 after extra-time.
Furthermore, Brazil had not let in seven goals at home… ever!
No other team has ever scored seven goals in the semi-finals of the World Cup and Germany’s six goal victory was the heaviest semi-final defeat in the tournament’s history, ahead of West Germany’s 6-1 defeat of Austria in 1954 and Uruguay’s win by the same scoreline against Yugoslavia in 1930.
I have never seen a top international team – or come to think of it, a Sunday League team after a night on the beer, defend so awfully as Brazil did and as somebody so memorably tweeted last night: “Well at least when your team gets a drubbing next season you can truthfully sing it’s just like watching Brazil!”
Brentford nemesis David Luiz was on his knees and in floods of tears at the end of the match, as would have been any defensive coach analysing his appalling performance in which he went totally AWOL.
Brentford supporters – still fuming at his cowardly and totally unnecessary assault on the diminutive Jake Reeves could easily be forgiven for their feelings of schadenfreude at Luiz finally getting his comeuppance – a true flat track bully being brought down to size!
For their part, Brentford have also suffered some terrible hidings over the years, conceding seven goals on six occasions, most recently on that appalling November afternoon back in 2007 at Peterborough.
In its own way that was as much a capitulation as Brazil’s last night as Peterborough inflicted a joint record heaviest defeat on ten-man Brentford.
Bees keeper Simon Brown was sent off in the first minute for conceding a penalty which Aaron McLean tucked away and Clark Masters came on to do his best to stem the tide, like Canute trying to hold back the waves – and with about as much success!
McLean volleyed the second, put another penalty against the bar, and sealed his hat-trick before Chris Whelpdale scored from close in.
George Boyd’s low shot made it five, Craig Mackail-Smith ran free to hit the sixth and Rene Howe fired the seventh before Boyd had an effort disallowed.
As you can read from this brief match report, no mention of any Brentford attacks.
What is even more telling is that despite the severity of the defeat, not one Brentford player earned a yellow card which highlights how resigned they were to their fate and their lack of fight on the day.
Peterborough declared at seven, they were scoring at will and could doubtless have reached double figures had they been so inclined.
Looking at the Brentford team that fateful day, it has to be said that it was poorly led by Terry Butcher and was paper thin.
It included such luminaries as John Mackie and Matt Heywood forming an immobile and porous central defensive partnership that was no match for the pace and skill of Mackail-Smith and McLean.
Darius Charles and Charlie Ide represented the younger generation and journeymen Glenn Poole, Craig Pead, Ricky Shakes and Lee Thorpe also turned out.
Ironically Bees loanee Emile Sinclair, ploughing a lone furrow up front, must have done something right as he eventually joined the Posh a few seasons down the line!
The Bees eventually plateaued out under Terry Butcher and Andy Scott arrested the slide and led the team to promotion the following season.
For all of his subsequent failings, Scott’s achievement should never be minimised and he deserves much credit for restoring pride, passion and structure to what was a pretty disorganised rabble.
Just as Brentford recovered from their humiliation at London Road, so will Brazil from theirs last night.
The odd disastrous result here and there can be quite good for the soul and can also lead to introspection, re-examination and change.
Brazil will tear their team and infrastructure apart and will be the better for it, just as was the case with Brentford.