Brazil's blackest day as Germany thrash Selecao 7-1

Darkest day in Brazilian football as hosts crash to worst-ever defeat

SHELL-SHOCKED: The Selecao's heavy defeat is greeted with disbelief by fans across football-crazy Brazil.
SHELL-SHOCKED: The Selecao's heavy defeat is greeted with disbelief by fans across football-crazy Brazil.
SHELL-SHOCKED: The Selecao's heavy defeat is greeted with disbelief by fans across football-crazy Brazil.
SHELL-SHOCKED: The Selecao's heavy defeat is greeted with disbelief by fans across football-crazy Brazil.
SHELL-SHOCKED: The Selecao's heavy defeat is greeted with disbelief by fans across football-crazy Brazil.
SHELL-SHOCKED: The Selecao's heavy defeat is greeted with disbelief by fans across football-crazy Brazil.

Brazil will never get over this. Time will not alleviate the pain. Flesh wounds heal, but this cuts to their spiritual core.

Brazil is a broken nation this morning (Singapore time). Tears flowed from the Amazon in the north to the river that surrounds the Belo Horizonte Stadium in the south; a venue now forever stained in ignominy. 

The city’s name means beautiful horizon, but it’s just witnessed Apocalypse Now.

Read the full report in our World Cup Noon print edition on July 9. 

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Messi eyes World Cup glory

Messi upbeat as he closes in on the missing 
medal in his trophy cabinet

"I have asked my Barcelona teammates Xavi (Hernandez), (Andres) Iniesta and (Gerard) Pique what it is like to lift the trophy, and they couldn’t describe it." - Argentina’s Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi’s trophy cabinet is packed with awards.

He has won the Spanish league title with Barcelona six times, the Champions League thrice. In the process, he was awarded the Ballon d’Or three times.

But one accolade, and the most important one, is missing — a World Cup winner’s medal.

He will move one step closer to that tomorrow morning (Singapore time) if Argentina make it through to their first World Cup final in 24 years by beating Holland at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo.

Four years ago, many of Messi’s Barcelona teammates returned to Catalonia with a World Cup winner’s medal and now he wants one of his own.

Read the full report in our World Cup Noon print edition on July 9. 

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Krul won't start for Holland

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16-goal Klose overtakes Ronaldo as all-time top scorer

Klose sets history as he overtakes Brazil's Ronaldo as 
the all-time World Cup top scorer

"I can’t grasp what happened. I don’t know what to say. We played really well, had a great start, were harmonic and did everything we tried out in training." - Miroslav Klose

In his fantasies, in those lazy, self-indulgent daydreams we all enjoy, Miroslav Klose might have expected some kind of fanfare for his record-breaking World Cup goal.

The adulation of the crowd, the chance to be carried around the pitch on the shoulders of his teammates.

A moment that would live forever in the global history of the game.

But, when it finally happened, it really wasn’t even the most interesting that had happened this morning (Singapore time).

Klose is the greatest scorer in the history of the World Cup, 16 goals in total and surpassing former Brazil striker Ronaldo’s 15, but that’s not the story. 

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The Khedira & Kroos show

Our analyst tells GARY LIM midfield dominance was the key to Germany's win

KEY MEN: Sami Khedira (left) and Toni Kroos (right) are the two unsung heroes in the Germany team.
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Loew: Pressure killed Brazil

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Inexplicable

Cesar shocked, says team 'blacked out' after conceding first goal

"Honestly, it’s hard to explain. You can’t explain the inexplicable. It was beautiful up to here." - Julio Cesa
SOB: David Luiz in tears after the game.
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Ticket scandal rocks Brazil

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Lee to miss C'wealth Games

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Three locals on top

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