Sigi Schmid: World Cup surprises never stop
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid analyzes Germany’s 7-1 victory over Brazil in a World Cup semifinal match Tuesday. “Brazil losing by six goals at home is unthinkable,” Schmid writes.
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You can watch many more World Cups and will never again see a semifinal with this score line. Brazil losing by six goals at home is unthinkable. I know this was not a strong Brazil team. Without Neymar, and more importantly Thiago Silva, they were even a bit weaker. But no one would ever have predicted this outcome.
• Germany put out what is, for me, their best team. Philipp Lahm at right back makes them a stronger team. Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels paired centrally also makes them more athletic.
• On the first goal, David Luiz lost Thomas Mueller and Germany got a goal from a corner kick. In World Cup games, if you lose a player like Mueller in the box you pay the price. Ten goals in 10 games, not bad.
• Miroslav Klose gets the record. He should have finished the first shot, but was denied on a good save. The rebound still counts. Sixteen goals in World Cup play is phenomenal.
• Brazil lost its way after the second goal. Brazil tried to individually get the game back and lost the team concept. Before the players could clearly think, they were down four goals. David Luiz pushed higher, and bad turnovers in their defensive third of the field caused severe problems.
• Brazil put in an effort at the beginning of the second half. They had three really good looks in the first six minutes. Germany’s goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, was up to the task. The substitution of Per Mertesacker for Hummels also helped Brazil, because this made Germany slower in the back.
• Germany took its foot off the gas for most of the second half, but still had spurts. Two goals by Andre Schurrle was the final touch.
• I was happy to see Brazil get one. They have hosted a great World Cup and deserved some consolation in this game.
• The Germans enjoyed the fun, and celebrations ensued at viewing parties across Germany and throughout the soccer world. Even Jogi Low looked relaxed and wanted to smile, but that would be out of character, so he caught himself and stayed focused. Inside he was jumping up and down. Personally, I could not even celebrate the final three goals.
• Luiz Felipe Scolari showed a lot of class postgame, answering questions, standing up to the press and taking the criticism that will come. Huge respect from me for his postgame behavior.
Now it is on to the next semifinal. Will it be an all-European final? That is unheard of in a World Cup hosted in South America. Holland made it the last time when the World Cup was in Argentina in 1978. A third-place game of Brazil versus Argentina is not what was expected, but would be the most contested third-place game ever, if that came about.
What a World Cup. The surprises never stop.
Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid has been analyzing key matches for The Seattle Times throughout the World Cup.