World Cup: 7 stunning facts about Germany's rout of Brazil

People celebrate after Germany defeated Brazil during their 2014 World Cup semi-finals, at the Fanmeile public viewing arena in Berlin July 8, 2014. THOMAS PETER, Reuters

Germany's 7-1 semifinal defeat of Brazil in the World Cup broke a lot of hearts in the host country and a lot of tournament records as well.

Here are seven amazing facts about the game.

  • By halftime Germany was leading 5-0. Those five goals were the most ever scored by one team in the first half at the World Cup.
  • Germany's eventual seven goals were the most ever scored in a World Cup semifinal.
  • Striker Miroslav Klose scored Germany's second goal of the game -- his 16th career World Cup goal, which makes him the leading World Cup scorer of all time, with one more than Brazil's Ronaldo.
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    Germany's Miroslav Klose celebrates scoring their second goal during their 2014 World Cup semifinals against Brazil at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014.
    POOL, REUTERS
  • Germany's 7-1 win is the biggest margin of victory in a semifinal game in World Cup history. West Germany beat Austria 6-1 in 1954. The U.S. and Yugoslavia both lost their 1930 semifinals 6-1.
  • The margin matched Brazil's worst defeat at home, a 6-0 loss in the Copa America to Uruguay in 1920.
  • It was Brazil's first loss in a competitive match on home soil since 1975, when Peru won 3-1 at the very same Mineirao Stadium in the Copa America.
  • Germany has now made it to the World Cup final for a record-breaking eighth time.
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    Germany's national soccer players pose for a team photo during their 2014 World Cup semifinals against Brazil at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014.
    KAI PFAFFENBACH, REUTERS

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