Germany have made it through to the final of the 2014 World Cup after thumping hosts Brazil 7-1 in Belo Horizonte.
Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Mueller opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a crisp far-post volley before Miroslav Klose added a second to become the record scorer in World Cup history with 16 goals.
Toni Kroos then scored a brace with Sami Khedira netting a fifth goal in the 29th minute, all but sealing Brazil’s fate before half-time.
The hosts stepped it up a gear after the restart with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer producing a man of the match performance to deny Felipe Scolari’s men any glimmer of hope.
With Brazil pushing forward, André Schürrle finished off a blistering counter in the 69th and scored again ten minutes later to secure the win.
La Seleção eventually scored in the dying moments thanks to playmaker Oscar, a goal which was of little consolation for the home fans.
Who will meet Germany in the final?
Argentina will be trying to end a 24-year wait for a place in the World Cup final on Wednesday, while Louis van Gaal’s Dutch side are one win from being in the showpiece game for the second time in a row having lost the 2010 decider 1-0 to Spain.
The Netherlands can rely on the pace of former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben although the goals have dried up for main striker Robin van Persie, who is doubtful after suffering from stomach problems.
Elsewhere Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella will be without Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria, after he suffered a thigh injury in the first half of the Albiceleste’s win against Belgium in the quarter-finals.
Sergio Agüero should be available following a leg muscle injury but the Manchester City forward may have to settle for a place on the bench after failing to recapture the form he showed in the Premier League last season.
Illegal ticket sales
Ray Whelan, the chief executive of a hospitality firm arrested in connection with an investigation into illegal ticket sales at the World Cup, was released on Tuesday after spending the night in custody.
Whelan was arrested at Rio’s beachfront Copacabana Palace hotel as a result of Operation Jules Rimet which has seen 12 people arrested so far.
The investigation has further sullied the reputation of FIFA, which already faces allegations of bribery surrounding Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup.