FIFA World Cup 2014: Brazil's Pride has Taken a Hammer Blow, Says Diego Maradona

Brazil will clash with the Netherlands for the third place in 2014 FIFA World Cup. Aiming for the sixth world title, Brazil were whipped 7-1 by Germany in the semifinals. Maradona feels this defeat has shattered Brazil's image.

updated: July 10, 2014 19:37 IST
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Brazil and Argentina have been traditional rivals and the German invasion gave Maradona enough fodder to slam Luiz Felipe Scolari's team.


Brazil's pride has received a hammer blow, feels Diego Maradona. The Argentine legend, a former FIFA World Cup winner, was reacting in a chat-show after Germany thrashed hosts Brazil 7-1 in a World Cup semifinal at Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

The stunning defeat was a record for five-time world champions Brazil. It was their first loss at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975, and the first time they had lost by six goals in any match since Uruguay beat them 6-0 in the Copa America in 1920. (Also read: Brazil Press Decry Defeat to Germany as 'Shame of Shames')

"I said Germany were better than Brazil, I didn't like Brazil from the start, but I didn't think Germany were going to be so imposing, so devastating, so decisive," Maradona said. (Read: Scolari Refuses to Quit Brazil Job)

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