FIFA World Cup: Five Warnings for Rampant Germans

Germany showcased sublime skills against Brazil during their massive 7-1 win in the semis of FIFA World Cup. The team though will need to avoid complacency.

updated: July 09, 2014 18:55 IST
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German fans celebrate their team's win against Brazil.

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Paris: Germany coach Joachim Loew in the wake of the extraordinary 7-1 thrashing of hosts Brazil has moved to calm expectations ahead of Sunday's World Cup final and urged his players to show humility.

Have a look at five previous occasions impressive wins did not lead to further glory but instead defeat:

1954 Magical Magyars dreams shattered by Germans The 1954 final became known as the 'Miracle of Bern'. The 'Magical Magyars' came into the finals as the hot favourites and on a 32 match unbeaten run. They disposed of West Germany -- admittedly not a wholly first choice line-up -- by an astonishing 8-3 scoreline in the group stage and few thought the Germans could redress the balance in the final. It looked as if a similar thrashing was on the cards when the Hungarians went 2-0 up inside the opening 10 minutes with Ferenc Puskas scoring the first. However, the Germans captained by former Soviet Prisoner of War Fritz Walter stormed back and were level 10 minutes later. Helmut Rahn completed the astonishing turnaround when he score the winner six minutes from time.

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