Berlin: Fireworks boomed across the city, and fans in the German capital took up the refrain chanted by the German supporters in Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil: "What a day! So beautifully wonderful is today!" Their national team had stunned the world, including Germany itself, with a 7-1 trouncing of Brazil to reach its eighth World Cup final. (Brazilians Stunned)
Soccer memories are long, and many German fans still bitterly recalled the 2-0 defeat to Brazil in the 2002 World Cup final. But Tuesday's domination of Brazil, on its home territory, more than dashed that memory.
"Speechless" read the headline of the Wednesday edition of the country's tabloid Bild, above an image of Andre Schurrle celebrating Germany's seventh goal. (A Nation in Despair)