• Forget Brazil, just how good was Toni Kroos?

    Germany destroyed the hosts Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals 7-1 on a crazy night in Belo Horizonte. Five goals in the first half were added to by second half substitute Andre Schurrle with Oscar pulling one back later in the game, but the star of the show was Bayern Munich's midfield maestro Toni Kroos.

    Kroos, 25, stamped his place on Europe's big table last season when he single-handedly destroyed Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League knockout game. His form all year has been astonishing and he did not disappoint this evening.

    Germany's stunning victory was set up by four

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  • How Brazilians watched their team get destroyed

    Volume up, lights down. A fairly typical family in Rio de Janeiro state settles down to watch the game.

    The scene is being repeated all over the country: it is 4pm but when Brazil play 200 million people down tools and head home or to a bar. They even declare a half-day public holiday to make it official.

    The game is on almost every channel. Of course it is: this is the biggest game in Brazil since 1950. We opt for Globo, not because its coverage is the best (it's definitely, definitely not) or because, on such occasions, when history is to be made one way or the other, it feels appropriate

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  • Angel Di Maria has been ruled out of Argentina's semi-final against the Netherlands but fellow forward Sergio Aguero has recovered from a muscle strain and is fit to play, but how will Louis van Gaal react?

    Aguero looked comfortable in training at the Argentine camp, but Di Maria was missing and undergoing intensive treatment after hobbling out of their 1-0 quarter-final win over Belgium.

    In their first semi-final since 1990, the South Americans play the Netherlands in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

    "Angel has a Grade 1 injury. Of course he won't play in Argentina's next game. After that, we'll

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  • Mourinho hails ‘really amazing’ Robben

    Jose Mourinho has lavished praise on his former player at Chelsea, Arjen Robben, for his performances at the World Cup finals.

    Robben has been the star of the Netherlands side which has reached the semi-finals, where they will take on Argentina in Sao Paulo.

    And Mourinho says the Bayern Munich winger is living up to his true potential.

    "Once more I go back to the way you have to feel when you play for your country and again in Holland we have great examples of that," said Yahoo's Global Football Ambassador.

    "You have Robben, fighting in an unbelievable way and leading his team and for me

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  • Russia's failure at the World Cup could potentially be attributed to many things, but one priest has declared that it's all down to homosexuality - or more specifically, coloured boots.

    Alexander Shumsky, writing for Christian website Russian People’s Line, claimed that non-black boots are a symbol of the “gay rainbow” or being feminine in some way - and thus a "homosexual abomination".

    He declared: "Wearing pink or blue shoes, [the squad] might as well wear women’s knickers or a bra.

    "The liberal ideology of globalism clearly wants to oppose Christianity with football. I’m sure of it.

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  • Generation gap proving tricky to solve for big teams

    Three of Europe’s football giants flopped in Brazil as they were faced with the challenge of transition from ageing squads to new blood – but two other nations could be in even more trouble.

    Reigning champions Spain continued with their superstars, Italy tried to feed in new talent and England opted for a focus on youth but all went out in the group stages.

    Spain were the most experienced side of all in Brazil, with 1,375 caps - 243 more than next placed Uruguay. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas had most of all with 153.

    Their average age was 28 years and 87 days, the eighth oldest, and their

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  • Jose Mourinho has praised Miroslav Klose for his World Cup record but says Ronaldo is still the best striker of the past 20 years.

    Klose's close-range finish in Germany's 7-1 humiliation of Brazil put him clear on 16 career World Cup goals, one more than the local favourite.


    However, Mourinho says that the Brazilian Ronaldo is still the best forward to have operated since Diego Maradona's retirement, even if Klose's name now sits above his in the record books.

    "I like him a lot and I respect his career a lot, and I respect the

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  • Often some of the funniest, most interesting and quirky moments at sports events go almost unnoticed, rarely featured in reports or blog posts.

    So here are five ridiculous things you may not have already seen or heard about from the last week with the World Cup throwing up some mad stories.

    Did you see anything particularly noteworthy that passed off without mention? Feel free to bring it to our attention in the comments section below...

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    1) 'NO ONE COULD HAVE PREDICTED THIS SCORELINE!' - Yeah, except someone actually did...

    RIP Brazil: The night football changed forever

    One football fan from Essex ended last night's World Cup

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  • Brazil fans burn Neymar shirt in disgust

    We weren't overly enamoured of the mawkish way the Brazil team held up Neymar's shirt before kick-off yesterday - but we wouldn't go so far as to burn it.

    But that's what disgruntled fans were doing after they saw their side routed 7-1.

    That angry young man talking directly to the camera is denouncing all things related to Brazilian football, saying: "Brazil isn't worth a thing. They think that's football. That's not football at all. That's an illusion. Shame - here, at the Brazilian World Cup."

    He obviously wasn't impressed with Germany's masterly display of dominance, then.

    It wasn't just

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  • Brazil’s nightmare summed up in one brilliant GIF

    Brazil's absolute demolion at the hands of Germany last night has been given the GIF treatment by our resident wizard Chris Edser.

    You can see more of his work at www.chrisedser.com