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Brazilians Struggling to Explain Loss to Germany

Created: 07/09/2014 10:40 AM KSTP.com

Brazilians are having a difficult time trying to fathom how it all went wrong so quickly against Germany in the World Cup semifinals.
    
With the humiliating 7-1 loss still fresh in the public consciousness, players struggled to find explanations for the country's worst ever World Cup defeat. Brazil conceded four goals in a seven-minute span and trailed 5-0 at halftime on Tuesday, and never had a chance to mount a comeback at the Mineirao Stadium.
    
The dream of playing a home final at the Maracana was obliterated, and players knew they were going down in history for the wrong reasons at their home World Cup.
    
Dani Alves says "We are still trying to understand what happened."
    
Oscar, who scored a late consolation goal against Germany, said "It's difficult to explain."

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A Brazil soccer fan screams as Germany defeats her team 7-1 in a semifinal World Cup match as she watches the game on a live telecast in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8.
Photo: AP/Bruno Magalhaes

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