David Luiz has claimed that the after effects of Brazil's 7-1 thrashing by Germany left them unable to overcome Holland, reports

Luiz, who captained Brazil in their semi-final capitulation, conceded his disappointment that they could not deliver a better result and blamed the hangover from the semi-final for their performance yesterday.

"After a heavy defeat, I think we were emotionally drained," the 27-year-old said.

"Everyone was very sad for seeing a dream go away. We went on the pitch today trying to win, but we knew it wasn't the same thing. We lost another World Cup match.

"But now is time to raise our heads because we can't stop, or give up. We'll have more opportunities to represent the Selecao."

Brazil went into the tournament seeking a sixth World Cup title, a dream ended by the huge defeat by Germany, and Luiz remains at a loss to explain what had happened.

He said: "That Germany match was inexplicable. We suffered a blackout that left everyone sad and distraught. We couldn't react from it.

"It's hard to lose 5-0 in the first half and that kind of thing makes it difficult for you to face a third-place match. Of course, we wanted to win as well, at least to give something to the fans, who were amazing. It didn't happen." - Wire Services.

If we think of the passion the Brazilians have for football, of course we can’t be happy. We’ve learnt to be used to winning, to playing well. We wish we had won our sixth title.

— David Luiz

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