Brazil's loss broke their 62-match home unbeaten streak in competitive matches going back to Copa America 1975 (to Peru 1–3) and equalled their biggest margin of defeat, a 6–0 loss to Uruguay in 1920.Ultimately, the match was described as a national humiliation.The game was subsequently referred to by the international media as the Mineirazo (Mineiraço in Brazil), evoking the spirit of national shame brought by the Maracanazo (Maracanaço) in which Brazil unexpectedly lost the 1950 FIFA World Cup on home soil to Uruguay.
Brazil were hosting the FIFA World Cup for the second time (after 1950), and had won the tournament on five previous occasions.
Germany were a three-time winner but had not won the tournament in 24 years.
Brazil were in the semi-finals for the first time since 2002, from which they emerged victorious and subsequently won the tournament against Germany; while Germany were in a record-breaking fourth consecutive semi-final.
Brazil's route to the semi-final included a group stage with Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon in Group A, from which they advanced with seven points before beating Chile in the Round of 16 in a penalty shoot-out, and Colombia in the quarter-finals.
The Brazil versus Germany football match that took place on 8 July 2014 at the Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, was the first semi-final match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Both Brazil and Germany reached the semi-finals with an undefeated record in the competition, with the Brazilians' quarter-finals with Colombia causing them to lose striker Neymar to injury, and defender and captain Thiago Silva to accumulation of yellow cards.
Despite the absences, a close match was expected, given both teams were traditional FIFA World Cup forces, sharing eight tournaments won and having previously met in the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final, where Brazil won 2–0 and earned their fifth title.
The match ended in a stunning loss for Brazil; Germany led 5–0 at half time, with four goals scored within six minutes, and subsequently brought the score up to 7–0 in the second half.
Brazil scored a consolation goal in the last minute, ending the match 7–1.
Germany's Toni Kroos was selected as the man of the match. Germany's win marked the largest margin of victory in a FIFA World Cup semi-final.
The game saw Germany overtake Brazil as the highest scoring team in World Cup tournament history and become the first team to reach eight World Cup Finals.