#WorldCup2014: How Germany Destroyed Brazil 7-1: San Antonio Spurs-type Offense
Now that the dust has settled from the 7-1 blitzkrieg of Brazil’s famed Selecao (with 5 goals in 30 minutes of the first half), Germany has no one to thank but themselves. Each goal was due to selfless team offense of passing the ball, being aggressive up the pitch and creating turnovers, in addition to crashing the penalty box to score goals. It reminds me of the San Antonio Spurs’ clinical demolition of the superstar-laden Miami Heat in this year’s NBA Finals, with passing and unselfish team offense leading the way.
Goal 1: Thomas Muller
Where do I start? A perfectly-executed corner kick by Kroos to get Muller an easy shot in the penalty box. Muller starts in the middle of a mass of players (circle and arrow points to him), and immediately rushes to the penalty box with his defender trailing him the entire time.
Kroos lines it up and sends it deep enough for Muller to have a chance to kick it. Muller moves up, then cuts to the area (red circle) where Kroos’ ball will probably land and loses his defender in the mass of players.
Next, Muller lost his defender in traffic (first arrow from the right) and forced David Luis (second arrow from the right) to leave his assignment to try to block Muller, but it was too late. Muller gets to his spot (red circle area) and shoots a relatively open shot on goal.
Goal 2: Miroslav Klose
Jokes about him being “the Kloser” abounds, but he finishes the best within 8 yards of the goal. Now, he has 16 goals to lead all World Cup scorers and passed Brazil’s Ronaldo. His goal came off of a turnover in Brazil’s defensive half, where Kroos salvaged a poor pass and saw Muller racing across the front of the goal.
One pinpoint pass later, the defenders and goalkeeper Julio Cesar crash on Muller, but Muller drops the pass to the feet of Klose.
Klose shoots, Cesar makes the first save but leaves a juicy rebound for Klose to finish. 2-0 Germany. Congrats on your 16th goal, Klose!
Goal 3: Toni Kroos
It all started with passing and precision. Mesut Ozil, without any pressure on the ball from Brazil’s midfield defense, saw Philip Lahm on the right flank with some room to run, and sent him a ball that would allow him to run up to it and send it in. There was no communication on the Brazilian backline to give Lahm, who has a propensity for crosses into the box, some trouble.
With Brazil’s defenders on their heels, Lahm saw a lot of space with Muller running to the top of the box, Kroos on the left flank and Klose in the penalty box area. So he sent a cross to Muller.
Muller missed the cross, either on purpose or not no one knows or cares, and with no Brazilian defenders able to deflect the ball or get possession, it fell to Kroos’ feet.
With a David Luis in the penalty area, and no defender within a couple feet of him, Kroos had the green light to shoot and he sent it into the back of the net with a slight deflection from goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
Goals 4-7: Quick passes and open players for goals
Kroos scored two minutes later for his second goal of the day, Sami Khedira scored three minutes after that, then Chelsea regular and striker Andres Schurrle scored twice in the 69th and 79th minutes (and the latter against his fellow Chelsea teammate David Luis). What did they have in common? Crisp, precise passes to get the better shot.
Kroos: He steals a pass in the Brazilian half from Fernandinho and immediately runs for the goal.
Kroos passes it to Khedira, who gives it back to him when the defender and Julio Cesar commit to him, leaving Kroos with an open goal.
Look at Khedira’s goal: Three German players in the 20 yard box, which was made possible by a pass from the German back line to Khedira, who then passed it to Ozil. Ozil, on the left side, saw Julio Cesar commit to him, so he stopped and gave it back to Khedira, who had more space and room with defenders collapsing on Ozil. Just look at that space, with no defender within six feet of him. Goal, Germany.
Schurrle’s first one was a defensive breakdown (again), where Lahm (again) received a pass from the right wing into the 20 yard box on the right side. Cesar commits to him (red circle), but Lahm picks out Schurrle (red arrow going toward the goalie) in the box and sends a pass to Schurrle who just had to put a foot on it. Schurrle was unmarked, with even another German player right behind Schurrle without a defender on either of them.
Schurrle’s second was a nifty pass in the air, from the left wing, where he raced across the left side of the goal, tipped it to himself and the unleashed a scorcher into the back of the Brazilian net. Schurrle was unmarked (in the red circle), with club teammate David Luis of Brazil trailing him and no one stepping up to defend except for Cesar.
In the end, unremarkable and lax defending by Brazil, who was missing their captain Tiago Silva due to two yellow cards and having to sit out this match. And, they were on the unceremonious end of a 7-1 drubbing at home.
Next up: Germany versus the winner of Argentina-the Netherlands.